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Colonel Stapp.

The New Zealand "Volunteer <Jazette' says :—lf there is one man more than another who has claims upon this Colony for services rendered to it m the troub-. lous time when Maori fanaticism threatened the utter destruction of her European population, and caused the destruction of the.homas of hundreds of hardy settlers, that "man is Lieut.-Colonel Charles Sfcstpp. Tn this pursuit Lieut.-C'.lonol Stapp lias spent the best days of his lif o ; he has unselfishly devoted the vigor of his youUi and manhood to the quelling of agression on the part of our enemies and m the performance of his duties pluck and perseverance have been his ruling characteristics, for which he was frequently mentioned m despatches to the War Office. The preservation of self or accumulation of worldly possessions have never been 1 allowed to sway his actions when the work of protecting others afforded him occupation ; but those troublous times have gone by ; Native wars are almost forgotten ; the heroism of those days ifc seldom recounted to the present generation ; thousands have come into the country, and found it the paradise which Lieut.-Colonel Stapp and other brave pioneers have helped to make it ; "Peacd reigns supreme," and those who enjoy its advantages little know or think whom they have to thank principally for their enjoyment. Lieut.-Colonel Stapp has grown old m the service of the Colony,— the vigor which he turned to such good account for his fellow-colonists now fails him when he needs it for his own service; then surely, under those circumstances, it would be an act of justice were the Government to place his name on the retired pension list, with a sufficient allowance to enable him, for the remainder of his days, to share m the enjoyment of that peace which he has nobly assisted to build up. When war is declared and danger is nigh God and his soldier is all the cry, But When war is over and the danger righted God is forgotten and the soldier is slighted.

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Colonel Stapp., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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Colonel Stapp. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890