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The Web of the Spider

Note C, p. 88

Note C, p. 88.

The following account of the origin and nature of the Hauhau fanaticism is given by Sir William Fox ("War in New Zealand," p. 126). "Kaitaki Pah, a very strong position held by the rebels about ten miles south of New Plymouth, was taken by Colonel Warre and a combined force of regulars and local forces, on the 24th of March, 1864. The native works were taken possession of and occupied by a detachment of the 57th Regiment under Captain Lloyd. A few days afterwards (4th April) that officer, with a force of one hundred men, was scouring the spurs of the adjacent hills to see if there were any cultivations in that direction, with the view of destroying them if found. Having traversed a considerable distance without seeing any traces of natives on the move, his men appear to have got into loose order, when they were suddenly set upon by a body of rebels, who came over a ridge, their front and rear separated, and completely defeated and routed with a loss of seven killed and nine wounded. Captain Lloyd, who exhibited great gallantry, was among the killed. The rebels drank the blood of those who fell and cut off their heads, burying for the time the heads and bodies in separate places. A few days afterwards, according to the native account, the angel Gabriel appeared to those who had partaken of the blood, and by the medium of Captain Lloyd's spirit, ordered his head to be extermed, cured in their own way, and taken throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand; that from henceforth this head should be the medium of man's communication with Jehovah. These injunctions were carefully obeyed, and immediately the head was taken up it appointed Te Ua to be high priest, and Hepaniah and Rangitauira to be assistants, and communicated to them in the most solemn manner the tenets of this new religion, namely:—The followers shall be called 'Pai Marire.' The angel Gabriel, with his legions, will protect them from their enemies. The Virgin Mary will constantly be present with them. The religion of England, as taught by the Scriptures, is false. The Scrip-page breakTipped-in note by Horace Fildes, former owner of the book, noting the lack of a page here in the original text.page 376tures must all be burnt. All days are alike sacred, and no notice must be taken of the Christian Sabbath. Men and women must live together promiscuously, so that their children may be as the sand of the seashore for multitude. The priests have superhuman power, and can obtain for their followers complete victories by uttering vigorously the word 'Hau.' The people who adopt this religion will shortly drive the whole European population out of New Zealand; this is only prevented now by the head not having completed its circuit of the whole land. Legions of angels await the bidding of the priests to aid the Maoris in exterminating the Europeans."