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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62



We leave this seat of natural marvels by coach for Taurauga. Passing through charming forest scenery for about twenty miles, we emerge in the fertile dales adjoining our port. The wondrous White Island, constantly emitting steam, and from whose cliffs sulphur can be obtained in quantities, is now visible out in the bay. Presently we rattle into the clean little town, with shelly footpaths gleaming in the sun's rays. This is the port of a large and fertile country, rendered famous by the terrible struggle at the Gate Pah, when so many of our fellow-countrymen met their death in one of those unfortunate struggles with the Maories. The evidences of this are found in the quiet little cemetery, where sleep the remains of many a loved father and fond son slain in manhood's prime in the service of their country. From Taurauga we leave by steamer for the northern capital city, calling at