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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Flight of the Rebel Chief Mara

Flight of the Rebel Chief Mara.

At Thautata, the nearest town of the enemy, the rebels had nightly been calling out, while the Tongans were at Bau, expressing their impatience for the attack on Kambah, saying that the fire-wood which they had chopped for cooking the Tongans was decayed. When Kambah was attacked, the Thautata flag was page 12 up; but when the smoke ascended, it was lowered, and the people became anxious for their own safety. The two men principally concerned in the revolt of Thautata and its two smaller towns were killed at Kambah; while others made their escape with Mara. At night the whole of the inhabitants of Thautata, (except one, who was found and killed, and whose body Mr. Waterhouse got from some natives that were dragging it away to eat,) Vatoa, and Waithoka left their towns, and escaped up the river to Buretu.

Mara delayed not at Vatoa, but went to Buretu and Nakelo, and begged their continued adherence to him, which they promised. Mara was anxious to get to his friends and adherents, the Whites in Ovalau; and not being very easy at Buretu or Nakelo, when he could not get a conveyance to Ovalau, he passed on inland, through towns of his party, till he reached the coast to the west of Vewa. At Kumi he begged a canoe, promising to return on the following day, and got clear to Ovalau with a few of his followers.