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WAR IN NEW CALEDONIA .

- Operations against the:, Eebels- • I , *'".-'• —: ", : a.;./r.-.F''.' || The Elizabeth.Conway arrived in port this,'' ,; , morning from New Caledonia. Wcappend v | a summary of operations against the.rebels,. .• as seiit by the correspondent of the . Sydney. _ .Morning Herald :— ~~, :j i ' "! SUNDAY, 7th July, t 1878.. - \{'\ Information has., .been ..Received; P* ,j dn act of daring courage on the'part of a' "illative-Which is- extraordinary eriough. Ib,_ioad daylight this fellow.arrived. qn.'h-,rsk>F % "tjack and set fire to a few of the:;h-lldip^2- | \yhich had escapedin, the centre~ef BouJalSj. -.pari. From the camp, within sight, chase.. i was -immediately given by some mounted' •volunteers, . who, however,; could. _do no. . :more than capture the horse.' The Jrider;' .dngagpd-,^ j -Ujiomeul, had not.time to mount, 'or-'mDf?,,» , pidbably 1 -he 'waa", ' enough\to" .know that^ lioise'cp^ \ I enough', whilst 'he aiorie could glide y ""ilnseeu, asjie siiccessfully -managed!t^f-k> 1 jTliig'is'bbdut th¥_aslr act of 'O-ritrag-"likely u. tp be committed ibyfthe band of wretches, = who-are-:now being in the town hunted. — T j \ga& iitfK''Y\k' Di A-Monday,^&i^ '.;..: j All continues quiet in the other".par_s.ot> -tiuKMarid:* .Thed-dmaMspf«Gol^nel ■|gjgfo;S ] Passebose have, been.'--ribalfue'al/'IY--,. ; p I ' -r-s-A'AyAAy ,,/;■-'"•' * Tuei^ay.a9M^L vf . ! At 'Bourail two 'powerful tribes- who _have - - *beeu iv a,chiouic stifte1 of fighting.during a year or two have.'enterediuto a moye serious; ! ■■AfyAA"' '" " ■ '-■' m

comb'at-than,;usual in:which:.the proprietor of the station upon which the engagement took place had been compelled to take part —probably in defence of his home and the tribe amongst whom he was located, who in sucih a moment perhaps morally enforced his aid. There is no doubt that a number of the natives were shot. The cause of this access of fury in tribe .against tribe was the taking pf a young woman by a brother of the chief" of the opposing tribe. Justice was denied the parties Wrdriged,. when they sought it in the proper quarter The natives then took up * the law' after their own mariner, and when the Commandant of the district attempted somewhat late to interfere they told him to mind his own business. The white residents in the neighbourhood, some ten or twelve, came up to the Bourail arid Noumea more as a measure of precaution than anytning else. Wednesday, 10th.

The troops, after destroying a village, were; upon their return to camp, attacked by about 250 to 300 natives at Boularpari. Awaiting for a place sufficiently open to afford a chance of seeing the savages, the troops kept on; then suddenly turned round, and fifteen of the blacks bit the dust. How many more were wounded is unknown, for 'twas late, and the tawny wretches disappeared in the thick scrub as though by magic. To-morrow much is hoped for from an expedition to be made against the insurgents by the Canala tribes, assisted by the soldiers.

Thursday, 11th. Everything remains quiet in all parts of the island except the scene of the revolt; and their operations are circumscribed to a very small area. The attack organised yesterday resulted in,the destruction of the villages only; the natives fleeing amongst the mountains. Many people express surprise that more is not yet achieved against the insurgents. Not so those who come from the scene of action, and such as are well-acquainted -with the country and its black population. These, better informed, know perfectly well that the tedious process of starvation, and'of black against black, are the" rrieans which- must be depended upon for the reduction {of this handful of agile devils who leap from rock to rock, dive into the friendly covering of thick tangled bush by paths known to themselves only, or disappear in the numerous ravines worn in the mbutaic sides by the rains of ages. Come to their fate they eventually must, but in the meantime they cannot be dealt with iri any but the one fashion. .The result of the subscription in the town in aid of the suffiererc by the revolt was published to-day in the" " Nouvelle Caledonie_" , -It amounts to within a trifle of 10,000 francs (£400). This is exclusive of the.6ooo. francs devotod to this purpose, by the Adminst.atidn, instead ot to the annual fetes. .= The'Hbriie Government have been requested to furnish 50,000 francs to this purpose/arid the public of France will doubt- •• less act generously .to their, afflicted compatriots. ~..._. .•-...a/.-' Sunday, 14th. . ; :H_M. Schooner Renard arrived on the 11th, bringing,infrom the South Sea Islands the brig Iserbrook, ; the captain of which died some time since, leaving no certificated - officer,;pri board. She is despatched hence to her owners in Sydney, having on board a numerous crew of South Sea Islander, engaged for a pearling expedition. Up to the latest moment the number of known victims in the late revolt is 118. It is not"supposed there will be any more to add, or at most but one or two, who in such a moment may be iFissed. 9 a.m. 15th. I open my letter to add the information, just received, that yesterday an ambuscade succeeded against the revolted tribes, killed the son of the chief, and several others of .he wretches. They have also burnt and destroyed in the last day or two twenty more villages. Yesterday some natives, bearing the tricolour flag, came in and offered their services to the Government at the camp at Boularpari. The begin ning of the end is in view. • ARRIVAL OF THE SAPPHIRE. H.M. Sapphire arrived on the 22nd inst. from Auckland.

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WAR IN NEW CALEDONIA., Auckland Star, Volume IX, Issue 2604, 12 August 1878

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WAR IN NEW CALEDONIA. Auckland Star, Volume IX, Issue 2604, 12 August 1878

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