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10 their very doora. One chief in particular, Chiooloon, although he was wounded in the breast by a five-barbed spear, the shaft of which he had broken off, rushed even within the banks of their fortress, and there knocked out a man's brains ; in making his retreat, however, he was wounded in the back by another spear, which, not being barbed, he drew out, and ran back to his own party ; but the wound was mortal, and be lingered till the next day. This was the same chief, who, on the day of Toobo Neuha's burial, challenged any of the Vavaon people to fight him (p. 153): he came to battle, he said, with a kind of presentiment that he should be killed, and was determined, therefore, to sell his life as dearly as possible.
It is not at all extraordinary that most of those who had assisted in the assassination of Toobo Neuba should fall victims, in this bat. tle, to the vengeance of the enemy; but it is very extraordinary that one among them, viz Latoo la, (who, as may be remembered, insulted the body of Toobo Neuha, and upbraided him with the murder of his father : see p. 147.) should altogether escape without a single wound or burt worth mentioning : although be, like the rest of the assassins, was
the object of the vengeance of twenty men combined against him. This circumstance gave rise to the general opinion that he was defended by the gods. He certainly fought with uncommon bravery, and this was the first time that he had distinguished himself; but it must be kept in recollection, that he was fight. ing against a party whose late chief had slain his own father.
During this battle several of the Hapai wo. men came to the scene of action, that they might be near their husbands to assist them if wounded. One of them, the wife of Toobo Toa, (Toobo Aho Mcë,) was taken prisoner by the enemy, but extremely well used by them; and about three weeks afterwards she was sent back, from motives of respect, because she was a great egi (chief) of the family of Tooitonga (vide Rank in society, second volume): had she been of the king's family, she would no doubt have been retained a prisoner.
Night was pow set in, but, by Finow's orders, a firing was kept up, merely with stones, to avoid a waste of shot, because no good aim could be taken : this lasted for about an hour. The king's matabooles then made several speeches to the garrison, soliciting the Vavaoo chiefs to submit to the government of Finow,
but they objected, under the apprehension that they should be afterwards killed by the treachery of the king or of Toobo Toa. Finow then addressed them, threatening to remain there the whole night, and the next day tớ set about building a fort opposite theirs, and to keep up the war until they either yielded or were destroyed.
Shortly after this, however, he gave orders to his men to repair as silently and as speedily as possible to Neafoo. He deceived the enemy in this way, to prevent them proceeding by another road, and cutting off his retreat. The guns were given in charge to some of the principal warriors, with men under their command to drag them along. The labour of doing this for three miles was by no means trifling, particularly as the road was very uneven, and the task rendered the men very impatient; they swore heartily at all guns, and all Englishmen for making them, and wanted to know why they could not construct them a little lighter; or at least, as they had ingenuity enough to make the guns, they ought to have, they said, the ingenuity also to make legs for thein to walk with.
Being arrived at Neafoo, the king, his chiefs, matabooles, Mr. Mariner, and some of the
Englishmen, went on board the canoes to pass the night. Mr. Mariner now, as well as in numerous other instances, found the advantage of having an adopted mother, by whom he was provided with plenty of good food, consisting of cooked yains, ripe bananas, and raw fish. They had partaken of no food all the day, and even now not above thirty or forty, consisting of chiefs and matabooles, got any thing to eat, for the time was too late, and the common men too fatigued, to cook yams enough for them. selves that night; and as to raw fish, it was considered too good, and at that time too scarce, to give to them.
* The idea of enting raw fish is not one of the least revolting to the imagination : and we are rendily disposed to believe, that nothing but excessive hunger could render this species of food at all palutable : hence voyagers, on witnessing this act among the natives of these islands, have reasonably supposed them to be some of the lower orders much distressed for want of food (vide Labillardiere's voyage); but the fuct is, raw fish is a very palatable diet, and is accordingly eaten as a matter of choice, not of necessity. Being strongly assured of this fact by Mr. Mariner, I ventured to make the trial, and repeated it several times upon mackarel, salmon, and turbot, and found the assertion perfectly corroct : all the preparation necessary, is to take off the skin, and wash the fish with a little salt water; it will then tasto as relishing as the oyster, and very similar to it. If we eat the oyster raw, why not other fish?
The next morning, after the men had to freshed themselves, armed parties were sent out to cut reeds, for the purpose of building * fortress at Neafoo: Pinow and his principal chiefs remained to lay out the plan, whilst others were employed in diyying a ditch about foutteen feet wide and ten feet derp. The sprit on which this fortress was planned out was so situated, that one side was close the sea-shore, on a starp moky batik, and therefore requiring no further defence, for the enemy had no laryo canore, having broken up all they had to make small ones, and with these it would be imprudent to venture as far as Neafoo, lost their retreat should be cut off by Binow's laryrt and swifter canoes, In the course of the day the fencing and ditch were tolerably well completed, so that the following might the greater part of the army slept 6 shore; but they were not without alatt, for about imidnight, a small party of the enemy having come down to recontoitre, looked through the openings of some part of the fencing that was not quite finisher, and sering total of the met sitting round a fire con versing together, they threw several spears at them, which womeal many, and struck all with a panir, the whole garrison wie instantly