The natives were decoyed into the labour ships under false pretences, and then detained by force; or they were seized on shore or in their canoes and carried on board.
Public sittings are apt to be means of obtaining money by false pretences, and the great scandal of spiritualism is undoubtedly the encouragement it gives to the immoral trade of fraudulent mediumship.
Josephus, whose pretences had postponed the final assault, hid in a cave with forty men.
Bonar describes as " mere pretences at catechisms."
This enigmatic personage appeared in Islay, and rather had his pretences thrust on him than assumed them; he was half-witted.