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New Zealand, the land of the Maori and the Moa, the country in which originally there was not a ower with a perfume or a bird that sang, was one of the most mys terious and desolate lands on this hemisphere. 'out of the track of the early mariners it was a great undertak ing in the. Years gone by to reach there, vessels taking six to eight months to reach its shores, where now it can be accomplished in about forty-five days. Ac cording to some it was uninhabited till by gales or tribal wars members of the Kanaka tribe (sandwich Islands) were driven to seek an asylum in this wild and mystic country To bear out that theory the customs of the Maoris and the Kanaka are similar; but, through clim atic conditions, they have grown taller and sturdier. As to animal life there was none until Captain Cook, the discoverer, landed some pigs, which fact, no doubt, was the cause of canibalism being practiced. N ow, what a transformation, fine cities, large tracts of cultivated land, woolen and other manufactories, -gold and coal mining, an immense frozen meat industry, with wool and wheat as a background; in fact everything that goes to make a prosperous country is in'full swing. The one thing is left, and will be there for all time, its grand and wildly rugged coast line, for it has that peculiarity, that its interior is sheltered from the rude blasts of.) gales, as a garden protected by a high wall.
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