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THE WAR IN AUCKLAND.

Ws^ivVthe following items "of 1 news, which Prerejwinrftinicated to us' by in eye witness of the enrage^entr'afc 1 Pajaakura, on Wednesday, knd Tjrho came, down iroin Drury, yesterday. [Tliey.may.be relied upoiu We give them just In theform in.whic'n we noted. them down. X When the troops ceased action on WednesJKF&ighV ttte number of Maoris supposed to i»ve been killed was 12. * >~ 7Attlii time the alarm was given that the unos.tutoate 'man' Hunt 1 had' been shot by the stives, Captain Eing, of the 'lBth, was em>loyed m' throwing up a redoubt at Papakura, >n tKe Wairoa. , He, and, 100 of liis men, went bverj, to Hay's house, which the natives were reported to nave attacked. , Every settler turned out in his shirt sleeves, *ii llUBt in? 8 case mi^ fc be, armed with his ifle. The omnibus to Papakura was stopped or safety. . , Ll Lieutenant Bait went round with twenty-five >f the '^Artillery, niounted, and scoured the xrantry in th'o neighboiirhood of where the tfaoria' were' supposed to be. Colonel Wyatt, heariug that the 18th were in perilous position, took over between fifty and k Hundred men, of the 65th, and came upon the ■ear of the- Maoris, and tfie artillery, who had ismoUnted, attacked them from the other side. Che result, as known already, was that the latives fled after a sharp 'engagement. Captain King is described as behaving nobly, md -as being a most gallant and meritorious >fficer, and the officers and men generally acted iravely. , The number of the 18th who w ere lemmed in by the natives is said to have been >nly,'thirty-nme. , Some of Colonel Pitts militiamen assisted, it b said, in the engagement. . There were four soldiers wounded and two tilled. By the time the 18th were rescued it was list getting dark, the engagement having lasted rom twelve o'clock in the day \mtil then. Out of the twelve natives supposed to be rilled one was a chief, vrho got up a tree, md was shot in that position. Darkness having thrown its veil over the icene, the action ceased, but at dawn yesterday norning our informant was awoke by a volley —Captain Ring was at the rebels again. •It was not safe on the Papakura lioad. Numbers of people were met coining down Eie country with loads of furniture. Several of the settlers who turned out are escribed as having distinguished themselves y their bravery. Their conduct is spoken of n the highest terms of praise. Some ventured iut in the most perilous parts and scoured the msh by themselves. It was quite pitiful to see the settlers' houses nth their flower gardens, and all the necessaies to a comfortable homestead, deserted and iheeriess. All the settlers who had left Papakura were iving in the Church, and all those who had :ome into Drury were also living in the Jhurch. A stockade is being erected in front of Mr. [[ay's house. The native pa near the half-way house is eserted. All the natives have gone into the rash it is supposed to fight. On the way down, our informant met the )nehunga militiamen on their t\ ay up to Palakura. A quantity of Commissariat stores were on iheir way to Wairoa. Col. Pitts militiamen are doing duty cheerully at Drury and about there, and up to their ;nees in mud. It is said to be bad at Otahuhu, >ut it is worse at Drury. It is a perfect puddle. L number of carts arrived at Drury yesterday vith stores. I An ambulance waggon with an oscort went town from Drury to Papakura yesteidaymornng for the wounded men and brought them up ; ilso the bodies of the soldiers killed, and that »f the unfortunate Hunt, who is described \o have been a fine young man. Besides >eing shot through the back, there was a round on the head from which the blood had lowed. Col. Nixon's Defence Force were at Otahuhu. they are a splendid lot of men, and are likely :o do good service if required. They are pairolling about the country at present. Some of the Militiamen are to be stationed it the half way house at Papakura. The fight of Wednesday could be plainly ieen from Papakura and Drury, that is -when the roops and natives were in the open. Women rere seen looking at it from the Church at Pa»akura with glasses. Volley after volley was heard and the natives ppeared to stand their ground well. Sometimes the troops and the natives were t close quarters, and on one occasion the nuzzle of a soldier's gun was within six inches >f a native. One of the soldiers of the 14th, is said to have aken £14 out of the pockets of one of the slain kf aoris at the engagement afc Hoheroe. Bather l good prize. r The brave fellows deserve it. When the' troops and natives got into the >pen, the fight as we have stated, could be >lainly seen, and now and then there was a semisircle of fire and smoke. Sixty smart fellows from Pitts militiamen lave volunteered for service in the Transport Jorps. The militia in the township of Drury disiharaed all their fire-arms yesterday morning, nd loaded them again ready for action. A bridge over the Slippery Creek, leading nto Drury, had been taken away, to prevent ;he Maoris entering. The Great South Road near Drury is very >ad. The wheels sink into the mud. Great 'oom, for improvement says our informant. There is a fearful looking bush in front of lay's house, just near where the fight was. It s on this side of Drury, but on the other side if Papakura. The Great South Eoad runs >y it. There is not a settler about but that is armed. Our informant met some of Pitts militia joing up, as he was coming down. They were lingmg cheerily, "Red, white, and blue," with i chorus, and " War spreads its t\ ide desolaion." General Cameron and his staff were at Drury resjierday. His excellency the Governor went ip.to Drury yesterday afternoon, it is presumed ;o meet the General. His Excellency returned to Auckland last We have received no authentic information rbktever of the result of yesterday's engage- *~ f i I*l7 »1 " a ° nent at Xerikeri. It is not true, we are informed, that 500 irmed natives had landed at Wairoa. Ten anoes and one whaleboat, full of natives, came own,the Thames, and it is supposed with the itention of joining the rebels at iCerikeri.

, (?BOM OUB DBUBY COEHESPONDENT.) Drury, July 23. I have jast teen down to see the body of poor lunt; who was shot by the Maoris. He lies in , Jent at,the camp at Drury. In the same tent giMead, one of the 65th, who was also killed in he affray of yesterday. It-was said that Mr. HaTs house was atacked. This has proved not to have been the :ase. • It appears that Greenacre and Hunt rere drawing out timber from the busy at the bot'of the Kerikeri range, when some 30 or 40 tatives made their appearance. They came out f£ gully and fired a volley. Hunt was killed m^the spot, but Greenacre escaped. Several of he' sons of settlers happened to be about at the ijne, on horseback. The news was immeditely sent to Drury, and detachments of the 15th, -Mercer's cavalry.and a number of Toluneer Militia proceeded 'at one to the spot. A letachment of the 18th, now encamped between »apakura and the Wairoa, made for the scene •faction. It was reported at Drury yesterday fternoon, that the 18th were blocked in, surou~nded by Maoris, and that more force was paired.''" They got to camp last evening, ,and he 65th returned to Drury. "There were two

soldiets killed and foxir wounded. The'wouuded will be brought up to day. A great many native* were kilted — number of course not known. ■ Gennral Cameron lias just arrived from the front, accompanied by a Queen native— Eawiti I believe by name. Eawiti is bound for Auckland, and his mission I believe is to act as pilo.t, and to, take the steamer up the Waikato. It is to be hoped that the river may be found navigable, though on that subject serious doubts may be entertainod. In your leading article of yesterday you call attention to the importance of widening the Great South Road, and press upon the Government the absolute necessity of immediate steps being taken, to accomplish that most desirable object. The danger to the escorts passing along the road, from Shepherd's Bush to Austen's, cannot be exaggerated. Had their plot been well laid on the day when the escort was attacked, every man might have been shot. The Maoris fired from both sides of the road. Tho greater the escort the greater the danger, and no matter what force may bo put on, that will offer no protection against the balls of rifles in tho hands of the rebels, secreted securely in the bush. It is impossible for any one unacquainted with the dense bush of this district, to form a proper conception of the risk that is run. The bush should be cleared at least 500 yards in width. Less than that would not be of much avail. In an extent of 500 yards, courageous indeed would be the foe that would lurk there. Amid fallen bush, the Maoris could not possibly travel so as to escape. With such a width of clearing our troops might pass along in perfect safety, and the detachments now stationed at the posts along the road to give some measure of 'safety, might be all removed, and the men might be employed in the prosecution of the war. Taking the whole of tho bush to be cleared, there is at the most only about four and a half miles. To go into particulars let us commence on the east side of the South Bond. From Shepherd's Bush to Martyns, there are about 50 chains ; from Martyns to Bairds about 10 ; from Bairds to sth bridge say 6 ; from sth bridge to Austen's about 210 ; uiaking a total of 306 chains. On the west side of the road, from Shepherd's Bush to Martyns, there are about SO chains ; from Martyns to Williamsons 8 ; from Williamsons to Fitness' s about 200 ; from Fitness's to Austen's about 120, making a total of 408 chains ; altogether 714 chains. 714 chains, by a width of 22 chains or 454 yards wonld make eight hundred acres to be cleared. This at the rate of 50s. an acre would cost about £2,000 But you must bear in mind that the present road is included in this calculation. In regard to the expense of this important undertaking, there is not the least doubt that some of the owners of the property would be too glad to pay for the bush that might be felled on their farms. The expense, however, must not be considered. Cannot the Militia Volunteers, many of whom have been used to bush work, be set at once at bush falling. Three or four hundred men would get it all down in about a fortnight. This would be an excellent opportunity for employing those settlers who have been driven from the bush, and are now unemployed. While on the subject of roads I would call the attention of the authorities, whoever they are, to tho state of the ronds about Druxy. Much of the road is unmetalled and unfascmed, and is in a fearful state. Having so much traffic at present upon them, the roads should by all means be attended to. Tuamata was scoured j'esterday, and a quantity of flour, potatoes, and kumeras t\as taken. No Maoris were seen. Firing was heard this morning over towards Keriken. It appears three or four hundred of the Thames Maoris made their appearance in the Wairoa district yesterday. It is of course not known, but it is thought that the scene of action will not at present be at the front. There is fine shelter in the forests about here, and no doubt the rebels will stick in these ranges as long as they can. And ns they have tracks from the Wairoa to the Waiknto behind tho-'ranges, vrho can tell how long the present state of tilings may continue, and when this terrible affair will come to an end. Here we are engaged in warfare, and it may be a war throughout the entire country.

(FEOir OUR PAP I.KUBA. CORRESPONDENT ) July 23, 1863. The skirmish, at Pukekikiwireka commenced yesterday forenoon, by about thirty natives coming out of a gully and attacking Mr Greenacres party, who had stone to the bush to draw out timber for the stockade here. James Hunt, one of the party, fell from over exertion, -nhen he was immediately shot by the natives, who were close behind him. This took place in the bush, near Mr. Hay's house. On the alarm being in Papakura, Captain Clare started immediately, with about half a dozen horsemen and twenty militiamen, despatching a horseman to the 18th camp on the Wairoa road, and another horseman to Drury. The mounted artillery under Lieut Bait were on the field in an incredibly short time, followed by the Gsth, under Colonel Wyat, from Drury, who entered the bush on the right, and the 18th, under Captain Eing, entered the bush on the left. The militia, entering the bush in the centre, received the first fire, the natives showing in considei-able numbers ; but immediately afterwards signal fires were observed on the top of the hill, apparently as the signal of recal to the natives engaged, for they commenced ascending the hill towards the heavy bush. Here Jackson of the militia " caught the first fibh "" — to use the native expression — knocking over a fellow who was retiring with a sack of potatoes on his back. The 18th and militia pressed the retiring natives, and on the edge of the heavy bush came on a strong party of about 150, the Maoris having possession of the entrenchment the 18* had left a few days ago, and opened a heavy fire. They were soon dislodged and driven into the bush. Here occurred the heaviest loss.one of the 18th being killed, and four of the 18th and two of the militia being wounded. The 18th in possession of the entrenchment, were engaged for some time before they could recover the fallen man, who was lying below the entrenchment, the fire of the natives covering the spot from below, and both flanks ; the rifle fell into their hands, but their bravest failed in securing anything else. The 65 th not knowing the position of the 18th retired towards Drury. and about 3 o'clock Captain Eing sent a mounted messenger requesting Colonel Wyatt to come to his assistance, by taking the enemy in rear. Colonel Wyatt instantly returned, and entering the dense bush in single file, guided by Ensign Hay of the Militia, and rapidly advancing, took the enemy by surprise shortly before dark. The mounted artillery entering the bush by another road, reached the scene of action about the same time ; both regiments sounded the advance, gave three hearty cheers, opened an overwhelming fire on the enemy, and. scattered and silencedthem. One man of the6sthwas here killed, being shot dead by a Maori standing within ten paces of him. The troops were congratulated on the immense success of the closing act, and returned to their several quarI ters.

The Mail Steamer. —There w<-w no sign of the •Auckland' last night. It will be perceived that she is advertised to leave with the outward mail on the first of August. The Natives in Judges' Bay.— We understand that the necessary steps are being taken to meet the grievance complained of by our correspondent "0." He -will see therefore that there is no necessity for inserting his letter. Vqlunteeb Pijotfction for Paiwell. — A public meeting is to be held at the Windior Castle Hotel, Parnell, this evening, at 8 o'clock, for the purpose of obtaining volunteers to patrol the district of Pwudl. !l " ''

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Daily Southern Cross, Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIX, Issue 1878, 24 July 1863

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THE WAR IN AUCKLAND. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIX, Issue 1878, 24 July 1863

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