[per press association.] The Outward Mails. Auckland, To-day. The Zealandia, with outward ’Frisco mails, has arrived at the Heads. Fatal Accident. Mr Morgan and his step-son, W. McDonald, were drowned yesterday, by the capsising of a boat at Whangarei Heads.
Fire. A twelve-roomed house, occupied by Stone, in Symonds street, has been burned down. The inmates escaped by jumping from the window. The fire originated in the kitchen, but the cause is unknown. Dr Honeyman’s house, w’hich is adjacent, was saved by great exertion of the Fire Brigade. Stone’s house is insured for LBOO in the Colonial, and the furniture for L2OO in the Standard. Affairs at the Front. Pungarehc, Po-day. The weather has now cleared up. The men in the different camps are engaged putting their things in shipshape order, after the boisterous weather of yesterday. Nothing fresh has transpired at Parihaka. Early this morning a notice was posted in the pah calling on the five tribes and other visitors who have assembled there to disperse, and leave for their respective hapus. Messrs Bryce and Rolleston left this camp at 6 o’clock this morning for Parihaka. The prisoners are still here. Hiroki is kept in a separate tent from Te Whiti and Tohu, and is bound down at night. There are only fifty men, inclusive of the Mounted Rifles, now stationed here. It is expected that some action will bo taken this morning. Seizure of Arms. The Armed Constabulary are now ransacking the village, with the view of taking possession of any arms in the pah. About 250 stand of arms have been taken, the greater portion of which are fowlingpieces. The natives are still squatting in marae, and take no notice of those who are making the search. Among the weapons taken are several old-fashioned rifles. Mr Rolleston could not tell me this morning where Te Whiti and the other prisoners would be sent. A quantity of powder and shot and cartridges have been taken possession of by the constabulary. At the time of writing (11 a.m.) the search was nearly finished. The natives will not disperse, and are still squatting in the marae. The men now (noon) have been dismissed till 1 p.m. Wellington, To-day.
The special correspondent of the Press Association wires as follows :—Several natives whom I saw at Parihaka this morning are now passing through for their own hapus. The Constabulary are now searching the whares for arms. The hill in front of Parihaka is crowded with men witnessing the movements of the Armed Constabulary. Scarlet Fever.
Another case of scarlet fever has occurred at the College school, which has broken up, and the boarders have been sent home till the building has been thoroughly disinfected. A Judge on the Native Question. New Plymouth, To-day.
The Supreme Court was opened by his Honor Judge Gillies, who in addressing the Grand Jury said he would be wanting in his duty if he ignored the circumstances of the position of the district in which large bodies of armed men were assembled on active service ; and he took leave to remind them of the constitutional principle that the employment of an armed force was only justifiable either under the authority ot Parliament in repelling armed agression, or in aid of the civil arm of the Law when that arm had proved powerless to enforce the law’s mandate. In any other case the use of an armed force was illegal and a menace to, if not an outrage upon, the liberties of the people. He entertained an earnest hope that the events of the last few days would have the result of maintaining peace and the permanent establishment of order within the district. Thomas Campbell, for horse-stealing, was sentenced to 18 months; 'William Ralph Rose, for robbery, to two years ; William Hopkinson, for larceny, was acquitted, the Grand Jury finding no bill. In Coile v. Gibson Judge Gillies commented more than once on the apparent eagerness of the police to convict prisoners of crime, and said their object should be to obtain justice, not convictions.
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TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 8 November 1881
TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 8 November 1881
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