We learn by a private telegram that Mr. James, Mackay has been appointed Native Commissioner for i the North Island, under the present Native Minister, Mr. Stafford. We heartily congratulate Mr. Mackay on the appointment and believe we eould nob have got ■a better o;tv.n. .' ' It is pleasing toflearn that the graves of those poor fellows who, were at Ope pe have not been .altogether neglected. Wo are informed that they : are now neatly fenced in, with head boards having v ■ the names of thbse buried inscribed thereon. It j appears that therb are two large graves, one containing the Europeans and the other the half castes, belonging t«/the Tauranga and Opotiki Cavalry, who fell on that .melancholy occasion. They were buried on, the site of the whares in which they were killed, llje wharea being burnt down, some traces of which structures stjjil remain. The enclosure of the graves und erection of the monumental slabs has been the wprk of members of the Armed Constabulary stationed there, and , reflects ,no small credit on, their good feeling and respect for the dead. Constable Swan ; very considerately had photographs tafycp of the 1 .K r aves, in which the inscriptions can be read by tncans of a good magnifying glass ; and some of these -views ho has presented to persona in this neighbourhood who have relatives buried there. He describes the site Q f Opepe for a camp as a complete trap from which escape would seem to be impossible. Almost, > surrounded by dense bush, on a narrow strio of land, , the poor fellows were completely surrounded while Undressed and some asleep ; and the very few who Scaped scarcely know how they did so.
of the change of^oUw^un^t-S 1 * 1 "’ K 'f’ th ° hearin g William Oaklev “ tiadin S ,n firearms against part of last week" ,l ’ Ur f r .’ tempted the greater Kell, by whom a!- U “ a l >een arpesred Detective feolion. Constable N.den conducted''thf nso 'T"" IHo prisoner was .!! the prosecution. and selling to. natives without" a licemU a’’™ 8 - as eleven witnesses wore examinod fs-fu" As ma,l J includine xr . a r " d for the P ro »ecutioo, Gra D rPhiH D 9 i° r ele^r^pbiat). Wilcox. Prom the eviden ni ? lita, and Bennett. carried on an extent ivl tr^ tbat prison, ‘ r hlld the natives KW h J Vr * a “ a amongst aMTOB -, JJortho defence it was urged that ho and rridem I nr ero - US - I>ermira frora the “grates guns h lt^'fT SB,0 ’ ierß fc ° all ° W !lim t« repair repaired'’ and ! t a « aiDßt him wep e for having necelSv I — d m V™ ia^anee s without the chanm* y pt : rin j ssloH - was committed on both ehmges. and afterwards charged with forging S Frida/ Constable A. Dudley, the unfortunate youn» man who w as drowned M lagfc b th ;y* th?To Paji interment f b °i y Waß attended to the place of interment by a detachment of the Armed Constabulary officers'" nf Tl? 'E imry > and ail the non commissioned it, ™° f t e J°f ce stationed in Tauranga. The lauranga ilia Volunteers, under Captain Norris and officers, also paraded in unifoim, and lent their were ? the coffin. The funeral obsequies were solemnised by the Yen. Archdeacon Brown, and f 8 ?, arfc ? ° f the Armed Constabulary discharged in M Ute r OTW their de P arted comrade, falling mmeduitely afterwards, and marching to barracks r th ! s f d b-yoneta. The New Zealand ensign bad been fly mg half-mast, high during the day, but after the melancholy rites were concluded, was again raised to the mast-head. We observed that the limit of time within which ow ner3 of dogs in Tauranga sre compelled to register tliem has been extended from the 16th to the 23rd. the District Board, it would appear, are not disposed to move in the matter of the water reserve. Ihej it is nofc upon their property. It now remains for the inhabitants to take up the question. A sale was held oa Monday, September 16, at the cattle yards, Cameron Hoad. The bidding for a few half bred dairy cows, in calf to a prize bull, was very spirited, ami very good prices were realised. Several yearling heifers, were' sold at prices ranging from £2 to £2 1/a 6d per head. Two-year-old heifers averaged xo LOs to £-t 10g. The cattle were sold by Mr. James Bodell on-behalf of Mr. Alley, of Napier. • We understand that Mr. Alley will shortly have a larger mob lor sale, ° arr b&s latel . v riven a series of seances at the Thames with marked success. We learn that that gentleman shortly intends paying a visit tq Tauranga, when he wi 1 exhibit the effects of the wonderhd and laughing gas.