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pose. The day was so rainy that no muskets could be well used. In the last affair Mr. Ma. riner received an arrow in his foot, which passed quite through the broadest part of it; luckily it was not a bearded arrow; but the wound was, nevertheless, a very bad one ; for the weapon being made of a short, splintering wood, it broke in, and consequently he was afterwards disabled for several months; for the Tonga surgeons are not the most expert in the world, and the pieces of wood they took out from time to time, by no better means than cutting down upon them with sharp shells, or bamboo; which rendered the affair very tedious and painful.

The Hapai army being returned to Neafoo, Finow gave orders that no man should venture out for some time, lest the vigilance and anger of the enemy being now so strongly excited, some should fall a prey to their rashness.

About a week afterwards, a warrior, named Havili, requested leave of Finow to permit bim to go in a large canoe, with an armed party, to the north-west part of the island, to secure a number of hogs, which the enemy kept there in a fencing, observing, that it would be but proper to relish the Vavaoo yams with a little Vavaoo pork. Havili was a man remarkable

for laying hold of every opportunity of undertaking secret expeditions by night; and he was thought to have killed more men in his life than any other warrior.

The king having granted him leave, he went on board a canoe, with forty stout men, and proceeded towards the place. The enemy, however, had previously sent an additional force to take care of their hogs, thinking, very justly, that Finow might be encouraged to turn his attention to that quarter, from having met with such success in the field of yams. It happened, one night, that part of this body-guard, sauntering about upon the beach, perceived a large canoe coming towards them. They inmediately sent word to their companions, and, separating into two parties, concealed themselves on either side of the road leading to the fencing. The canoe having reached the shore, half the men landed with Ilavili at their head, and proceeded towards the place where the hogs were kept. They had no sooner passed the spot where the enemy lay concealed, than the latter rushed out, and attacked them in the rear so suddenly, and with such effect, that fifteen were quickly dispatched, the enemy only losing one man, who was killed by Havili. This warrior and his four remaining


men effected their escape to their companions in the canoe, and pushed from the shore as quickly as possible. As they were paddling off, the enemy called out to them in derision, " What! you wanted some pork, did you ?" how do you like your treat?--but stay, here "Sare some fine pigs for you, ready killed" (alluding to the dead bodies), “ why don't you * come and take them away?" -- but Havili and his men, sorely discomfited, returned home without making any farther attempt.

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Dosertion of one of Finow's wives, and the wife of the

prince--Rencontre between one of the fugitives and Mr. Mariner-- Attempt to take the enemy's women whilo gathering shell-fish-Dispute about the female prisoners Return of the Hapai cunoes with provisions-Palavalé's attack upon a party of the enemy, and killing a man within a sacred fencing---Strangling a child as an atonement for this sacrilego-Death of Palavalé---Finow, growing tired of the war, in an artful man. ner negotiates a peace--Finow's apology for the conduct of the Vavavo people at an entertainment given them--Untertainment given by the Vavaoo chiefs to Finow and his chiefs-- Sentiments respecting praise, bravery, &c. --New regulations of Finow--Toobo Ton deputed tributary governor of the lapai islands--His arrival at the Hapai islands, accompanied by the prince and Mr. Mariner.

A few days after Havili's unsuccessful at-
tempt to secure the enemy's hogs, one of Fi-
'now's wives ran away from Neafoo; being
shortly missed by the rest of the women, in
searching for her, it was found that one of his
son's wives had taken the same step, and it
was supposed they had gone together. When
this was made known to the king; he left the
fortress instantly, accompanied by five or six



men, and directed his course along the main road leading to Felletoa, but without any suc

He returned very much dejected, and sent to his aunt, Toe Oomoo (the chief of the enemy), requesting to have his wife returned, "stating, that it was a war between men, and not women ; but his remonstrances had no effect. These women both laboured under the jealousy and tyrannic influence of Moönga Toobo, Finow's favourite wife : partly to rid themselves of this, and partly to visit and live with relations they had in the opposite garrison, they made their escape, and took a by road near the sea-shore. On the morning of their departure, Mr. Mariner was at some distance from Neafoo, gathering shaddocks in a thicket: for, although his wound did not allow him to use any active exertions, yet he now and then went abroad by the help of a .stick, which, no doubt, was one cause that rendered the cure very tedious. Being up in a tree, he heard a rustling noise in the bushes below, and, directing his attention to the spot, was surprised to see one of Finow's wives. Prompted by curiosity, be came quickly down, and, seizing her by the arm, enquired what caused her to stray so far from the fortress, and to expose her person and her life to the

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