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January 12. Nothing out of the usual course lias occurred here to-day, with the exception of the arrival of the little steamer 'Avon,' shortly after noon. She brought a quantity of stores, having also discharged a quantity at Whata Whata. No soldiers came up by her. Neither the 70th nor the Colonial Defence Force had left Ngaruawahia.

January 13. We had a large accession to our force to-day, by the arrival, about 1 o'clock, of 120 soldiers of the 40th Regt., under the command of Capt. Fisher, and upwards of 600 of the 70th Eegt., under the command of Lieut.-Col. Muloch. The 40th detachment started from Whata Whata about' 11 o'clock, and reached this place at.the hour above stated. The 70th left Nga.ruawahia about 7 o'clock this morning, and came, in immediately after the 40th. The baggage was carried by commissariat transport horses, about 64 being thus employed. The troops came up in single file, as the road not being made inmany places along the line of route, it would be impossible for them to retain their position if formed into fours deep. After a stay of about an hour, the troops^ crossed the river by means of the ferry recently constructed, by throwing a raft ove?two c&noes. They encamped at the foot of a Mil on which the pickets are continually stationed, to prevent surprise from the Raglan side. The ' Avon ' steamer brought up stores for the forces, and arrived about the same time as the troops. It is expected they will, leave at an early hour to-morrow morning for the camp, Waitetuna, where they will be almost equally within call as the troops at present accompanying the General; and where the commissariat officers "will find less difficulty in providing the necessary means of sustenance, and possibly a few supplementary articles of comfort. It is scarcely likely, on the same grounds, that we shall have the Colonial Defence Corps up here — namely, difficulty of supply of proper food, and in sufficient aliundance — until the last possible moment before active measures are again to be taken against the enemy. Whilst remaining atJNgaruawahia they can be comparatively well provided for ; and at any time when wanted, a few hours' preyious notice would be sufficient to enable them to ride over the intervening piece of country betwen this place and their present quarters — when they would have, it is to be hoped, a favourable opportunity of exhibiting their prowess against the enemy. The country here appears eminently fitted for the evolutions of cavalry ; and should it only prove so in the vicinity of the new position taken up by the enemy, his ~ attempted escape, as at Meremere, and during the night at Bangiriri, must prove signally disastrous. I understand at the next action, mortars, guns, and other powerful ordnance appliances are to be made use of against the enemy, and if this be true, we have to wait some time longer yet, until they can be brought so far up the country. The means of transport for the baggage of the troops and stores appear also at present a subject surrounded with difficulty ; but it is to be hoped Lieut.-Colonel Gamble, now engaged in investigating the matter, may succeed in extending thS present means at command, or instituting some new scheme which may tide the force over its present difficulty, in this respect. Hetaraka Nero, ¥m. Naylor's son, came to camp this afteruoon, but with "what intention in view I cannot divine.

January 14. Nothing whatever out of the ordinary routine of camp life has transpired to-day. The detachment of the 40th and 70th arrived yesterday, and started this morning about 8 o'clock for the camp, Waitetuna. The Bishop has returned to this camp. I have heard no more of the expedition I previously mentioned. I understand the 'Pioneer' has broken down ; the crank of the engine having, as I ana informed, snapped. Commodore Sir Wm. Wiseman is said to have taken his departure for Auckland. Through the sinking of the Waikato stream a new shoal has been discovered, a litte higher than Tauperi, and which, it is believed, will render it impossible for the steamers to pass further down. Should the waters continue to recede, it is most probable that means will have to be devised for the commissariat stores to be brought via Raglan. This mischief may consequently occasion the further detention of the troops at this camp for «, longer time than the General contemplated, until the transport service is again thoroughly in working order.

Military Concert. — The B*nd will play the, following selections of mulio this afternoon, in the Domain : — March — "Ghiara de Rosenberg" "...Kiooi. Overture — "The Exiled" Gaisner. Quadrilles— "Off to Charleston" D'Albert. Coro c Cavatina-^ " The Exiled' 1 Gassner. Valse — "Waikato" Bergmann. | Galop — "Orpheus" „ Stiegmann. Prisbyterian Church, Onihdnoa. — The anniversary of the opening of the Presbyterian. Churcn, Onekunga, is to be commemorated on Sunday, the 24th instant, when two sermons will be preached ; that in the morning, at half-part tea o'clock, by the Key. David Bruce ; and that in the evening, at six o'clock, by the Rev. James Hill. A tea meeting in connection with the above will be held on the following Tuesday evening, when addresses will be delivered by several ministers and others. Tkoops fob Wellington.— We understand that Major Dwyer has been officially informed that he will not be required to proceed to England, as he anticipated, in consequence of the death of LieutenantColonel Au»ten, as the head-quarters of the 14th Kegiroent would be very shortly removed to Wellington. — Neio Zealand Advertiser, January 5. Thk Hop Crop op 1863. — It is now pretty accurately ascertained that the yield of hops_ gathered and cured this season is within the average~of the lost ten fean. The heaviest crop within this period was in 859, when a sum of £328,000 (old duty) was paid to the Inland Revenue, ai representing the growth of hops on 43,729 acrea of land. In 1855' there were 57,757 acre* of ground under hop cultivation, and from this time hop gardens were "annually diminiihed, and in 1861 the extent of hop land did not exceed 41.000 acres. The repeal of the hop duty in 1862 seemed to resuscitate the hop-growers' interest, and hop planting was extended'; hence the large snpply of yearlings in the great hop fairs of this autumn. The county of Kent produces about two thirds of the hops of Euglish growth, and Sussex i« the next important hop country. In Surrey the most' valuable hops are grown, the »oil in tome parts being peculiarly adapted, and i« the districts of Ash, Farnham; and Wokmg hop cultivation is on the increase, , and it is now estimated that in the aggregate about 48 000 -ore. of land are devoted to the growth of hops in this country, and that an. extension -of bop planting is going on. Ine crop of this season varied from 2cwfc. % to • llcwt. per acre, but the ftverage'i{rowth is 7icwt., tad the aggro'»to •mount gathered and cured' i» 34£000cwt. ot 17.1 OOlfcoW riri weighted which will bi 1 brought into competition with foreign hops. "'

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THE WAR IN AUCKLAND. CAMP TUIKARAMEA. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.), Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2029, 16 January 1864

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THE WAR IN AUCKLAND. CAMP TUIKARAMEA. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2029, 16 January 1864

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