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[431] Memorial Window to Henare Taratoa. (See illustration at the end of previous article.)

Mr. J. C. Adams, now on a visit to England, has forwarded to us a photograph of the memorial window to Henare Taratoa in the private chapel at Lichfield. This window was placed therein by the late Bishop G. A. Selwyn in commemoration of the efforts made by Taratoa to ameliorate the practices of Maori warfare, and the part he took in supporting Rawiri Puhirake in forming a new code of rules for the guidance of natives engaged in fighting against Europeans, the results of which resolve were made evident in the fight at the Gate Pa, near Tauranga. The photograph bears the legend:—“Photograph of a window in the Bishop's private chapel adjoining the palace at Lichfield. Installed by Bishop Selwyn, formerly Bishop of New Zealand, in commemoration of the Christian and chivalrous actions of Henare Taratoa in council and in the fights at Gate Pa, April 29, 1864, and at Te Ranga, June 21, 1864, and who was killed in the latter engagement. The design represents David pouring out the water which the three soldiers had fetched from the well at Bethlehem at the risk of their lives (I Chron. xi, 17-19).”

In Cowan's account of the Maori v. European wars we are told that on Taratoa's body was found a copy of the Scriptural injunction:—“If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink.” It was this new code that led to Hēni, the Maori woman, fetching water for the stricken Colonel Booth at the Gate Pa.—EDITORS.