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Mr. Robert Pharazyn is a candidate for the representation o£ Rangatikei in the General Assembly. This gentleman's address is published, from which we take the following —"I wish that the policy of 1b63 had be«n carried out. I think that Mr. Weld's policy is good, chiefly because it is the nearest practicable approach to that policy. To carry it out effectually, it is necessary to do without the troops, because so long, as they remain, the Colonial office insists upon its right to contrel the Colonial Government. I belong neither to a war nor to a peace party, but to the Colonial Party. I maintain that for the safety of the colony it is necessary to enforce law and order. I do not approve of any attempt to do more than is necessary to ronder life and property secure, but am prepared to support any measures that will practically place natives and Europeans on the same footing. For the past. I believe that the Imperial Government is responsible, and I am strongly opposed to the Colony paying any patt of the expenses of a war, in the conduct of which it has had no effective influence. The native question has occupied the public mind almost to the exclusion of other matters of even greater importance. With regard to these I need only say that though I fully recognise the necessity of preserving the unity of the colonyj yet I am convinced that local institutions are quite compatible with b strong ceotral Government." , The Ravensoraig, Captain Inglis, sailed this morning for London. Her cargo consists of 376 bales of wool, a quantity of sheepskins ami cow hides. She carries but one passenger Mr. Alexander. The Fire ßrigale held their usual monthly meeting yeßterday evening at the Mechanics Institute. Some new members were ballotted for. Mr. Broadman, lieutenant, sent in his resignation, but the meeting "requested he would reconsider the matter. There will be no performance at the Theatre Royal this evening. To-morrow evening's performances will consist of "Rob Roy " and the " Rough Diamond." Some time ago we (N. Z Herald) re-pub-lished from a Cape paper particul are of a

case which had occasioned great scandle in military and official circles in the colony. At a ball given by the garrison at King Williams Town, an officer introduced two ladies, who were objujted to on peculiar grounds. It seems that some correspondence has taken y'nee on the subject with the Horae Guards, and that the Cuninmniler-in-Chief, H. 11. H. the Duk« of Camhridge, has written to the C.'>p.> military authorities directing them as to the co'irs'i to be observed. The papers we retched by the Rangitoto do not jtive the Duke's letter, but its purport may be ascertained on perusal of the following communication addressed to the editor of King Willinms' Town Gnzette by Major Hare, the oHicer who is accused of the breach of etiquette alluded to: — "Sir— l have to thank yon for your publication of the Duke of Caiubritfju's letter in your issue of the 9th iiisrant. lam not the least suprised that this and other specimens of official doctrine would gladly be withheld from the public Un fortunately, a morbid curiosity has sprung up amongst civil branches to become more intimately acquainted than they were in former times with the economy, conduct, and res festus of the service. His ltoyal Highness's letter may afford them a fair specimen of what they seek. It is quite true I have rjplied to the letter, and informed His Royal Highness that the fact of my bringing the Misses Lanue to the bail on the 3rd of June is a social question, regarding which one trentlemin's opinion is worth as much as another's I pay every deference to my own in this matter, ami I can only aay that had the Duke of: Cambridge been in the room at the time I should have acted in the same manner. I did not then, neither do 1 now, acknowledge any supremacy in the constitution or details ot a public entertainment.. For one thing, at any rate, I have to be thankful to His Koyal Highness, and that is ignoring the outrages and the insults offered to me ; ho has at the same time ignored the strong interest brought to bear to injure me in fame and estate — to have my name expunged from the army list, and other little games which mighl have been effected by a Duke of Marlborough, but hardly by a Douglas.— T. Hark." The U.S. Rangatira left Auckland on Tuesday, 13th June, at two o'clock $ arrived at Tauranga on Wednesday morning at five; left Tauranga same morning at nine, and arrived at Napier on Friday ; left Napier on Saturday at half-past twelve, but in consequence of bad weather put back, and remained at Napier till Monday, which day she left, and arrived this morning at ten o'clock. She brings three cabin and two steerage passengers. Six seamen named Moses Hartley, George Hartley, Patrick Wall, Thomas Bowe.George Brown, and Frederick Wharton, were tried at the Supreme Court, Auckland, on the 12th instant, on a charge of riotously assembling at Mongonui, on 16th March last, disturbing the peace of the neighbourhood, and also wi f .h hnving assaulted, wounded and ill j treated a police constable named William Criok. The prosecution was conducted by Mr. Wynn, and the prisoners, all single young men, were defended by Mr. Beverid>;e. From the evidence adduced it appeared that the prisoners had deserted from the whaling vessel Stephania on her arrival at Mongonui. They were arrested, and placed in tHe stockade there ; and on the 16th March last, on the, door of their cell being opened they rushed out in a body and proceeded to the building used as a Resident Magistrate's Court and Post Office. On tneir way thither they armed themselves with scantlings of wood which were used in propping up a portion of the stockade that had tumbled down during a recent gale. They smashed the windows of the post office and effected an entrance through one of them, then tore up a number of letters, and smashed the clock and several articles of furniture. Constable Crick, having armed himself with a revolver, and obtained the assistance of a number of Maoris, entered the post office by the broken window, commanded the prisoners to surrender, and threatened that he would blow the brains out of the first who refused. One of the prisoners came up to him with a carbine, with a bay< net fixed, and held it as if about to charge him with it ; but on seeing the revolver, and hearing the command to surrender, he lowered the weapon from its position. All the prisoners left the building, and were captured by the natives, some of whom were armed with spears, and who remained outBide. They were taken back to the lock-up, and on being searched, a sock, in the foot of w hich a large sized stone was tied, was found

on one of them, and a number of stones ware. found in the coat pocket of another. On MrGrover, the postmaster, making his appear*! ance at the scene of the riot, one of the prisoners was trying to break open the door with a billet of wood. Another threatened to knock his brains out with a large stone which he held in his hand if he would not bring them the key of the cell in which they had been imprisoned. Mr. Grover described the damage which hftd been done to the building and its contents. The principal defence set up was that the prisoners had been illegally detained in custody, and that their request to be brought before a magistrate after their first arrest had not been complied with, "But it was stated that they had been merely detained in custody until the captain would take them on board the vessel again ; and under the provisions of the Foreign Seamen' 8 Act, the magistrate had no jurisdiction to deal with an offence committed on the high seas. The jury found the prisoners guilty, and recommended them to the mercy of the Court. They were each sentenced to four calendar months' imprisonment, with hard labour. — Southern Cro^s. •

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Issue 113, 20 June 1865

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