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Hapai islands, upon condition that Toobo Toa would keep a strict eye upon his brother's conduct, and be answerable for him, which was immediately agreed to. Toobo Toa there. upon got ready a large canoe, and proceeded to Hihifo to receive his brother, who came on board with all his chiefs and choice warriors ; the remainder of his attendants followed afterwards in another canoe. Having touched, in their way, at the Hapai islands, they proceeded on to Vavaoo, to pay their respects to Finow, and to receive his pardon.

As soon as the king heard of their arrival at Vavaoo, he repaired with all his chiefs and matabooles to the house on the marly at Neafoo, having, besides their usual dress, small mats round the middle, significant of its being a solemn occasion, and out of respect, too, for Toobo Malohi (although he came as an humble suppliant), for be was a very great chief, superior even to Toobo Toa, as being his elder brother. Toobo Malohi being informed that the king was already seated in the large house on the marly', ready to receive him, he and his followers, being all dressed in large mats, expressive of their very great respect, with leaves of the if tree round their necks as it mark of submission, went forth, with due

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sentiments, thus habited, and accompanied by a priest, to a house dedicated to Taliái Toobó, and sat down before it. The priest then addressed the divine spirit that was supposed to reside there, to the following purpose:

" Here “ thou seest the men who have come from

Tonga to implore thy pardon for their crimes ; < they have been rebels against those chiefs “ who hold power from divine authority, but,

being sorry for what they have done, they hope that thou wilt be pleased to extend thy

protection towards them for the future." The priest then rose up, and laid a piece of cava root under the eaves of the house: after which he proceeded towards Finow, with the suppliants all following him, one close after another in the order of their rank, their heads bowed down, and their hands clasped before them, and, entering the house on the side opposite the king, they seated themselves before him and his matabooles, their hands still clasped together, and their heads bowed down almost to touch the ground. After a little time, the priest, who sat between them and the king, addressed the latter to the following purpose : “ You here see Toobo Malohi, and his 6 chiefs and followers, who have been to im

plore the pardon of Taliái Toobó, and are

now come to humiliate themselves before

you ; not that they expect you will pardon “ them after so obstinate a rebellion, but they “come to endeavour to convince you of their

sorrow for so great and heinous a crime:

they have no expectation but to die, there; “ fore your will be done*." After a short pause, the priest again said, “ Pass your sen. “ tence, Finow:" he then rose up, and retired among the people. In a little time, Finow said to the supplicants, Toogooá he lo ifi," Take off the ifi leaves (which is a sign of par. don): of which command they took no notice, as if unwilling to believe so great a mercy was shewn to them. Finow again said, “ Toogooá he, lo if," upon which each took off his ifi leaves, but they all remained in the same posture. Before we go further, it must be observed, that there were vacant places left among Finow's chiefs and matabooles for Toobó Ma. lohi and his principal followers, who were of sufficient rank, to be called to after they had received their pardon ; but for a great chief, circumstanced as was Toobo Malohi, to obey this summons (which is always pronounced by

* This speech of :he priest is to be considered more .a matter of form than the real sentiments of the suppliants,

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the mataboole sitting next to Finow) would neither be so respectful nor so prudent as to remain where he was, and take no notice of it, as if altogether unworthy of being so exalted; whilst a chief of less noble rank would not hesitate to obey the command, and take the seat appointed for him. All this is done upon the principle, that a great chief, so offending, ought to keep himself as humble as possible, lest, having great power and authority, he might be suspected of intentions to equalize himself with his superiors, and ultimately to revolt: whereas minor chiefs, having but little power, are not liable to excite jealousies : besides which, these minor chiefs, being governed by their superior, are thought to be less criminal than he who leads them astray by his authority. This formed a subject of dispute, beforehand, among the company: some thought that Toobó Malohi would instantly obey the order to take his appointed seat, conscious of his exaltedrank, and fearless of the jealousy of Finow: the greater part, however, were of opinion, that he would remain where he was, knowing well the revengeful disposition of the How, and his promptitude to sacrifice those whom he suspected. In a little time this matter was put

out of dispute. The mataboole on Finow's right hand exclaimed aloud, "Toobo Malohi! “ here is a place for you." The chief seemed not to hear the summons, keeping his head bowed down to the earth: the mataboole again said, "Toobó Malohi! here is a place for

you ;" but his ears were still shut, and he preserved the same humble posture. The mataboole then said to the others successively (mentioning their names in the order of their rank), “ here is a place for you;" and they accordingly seated themselves as their names were called over, in the places appointed for them (i. e. those who were of sufficient rank to sit in the circle, the others retiring among the people), leaving Toobo Malohi seated by himself in the middle of the ring. Cava was now prepared, and served out to the company, each in his turn, according to his rank, not excepting Toobo Malohi, who, in this case, was served the fourth : when the cava was presented to him, he neither took it nor raised up his head, but speaking to somebody who sat a little behind him, that person stretched his arms forward, and, receiving it for him, took it away, reserving it for Toobo Malohi, to drink after the cava party should be dis

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