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Hawke's Bay Herald. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1861.

During the week we have had arrivals from North and South, and a heavy budget of news. - The English and Taranaki intelligence will be found in another page. From Auckland we learn of three arrivals with troops from India- — the Star Queen, 835 tons, on the 15th,. the Castilian, 1115 tons, on the 21st, and the Blue Jacket, on the 22nd, the latter coming in*just as the Fancy was leaving. The regiment is the 57th, described by the New Zealander as the "gallant old 57th— the glorious Die-hards-T-a corps well known to Australasian Colonists, honored and esteemed wherever they haveserved-r-and who, thirty years since, took a leading part

in the war which insured to Tasmania her speedy emancipation from the murderous attacks of her aboriginal savages." The Star Queen brought 11 officers and 311 non-commissioned officers and privates under the command of Major Butler.- She sailed on the 1 7th for the seat of war with the same detachment on board. The Auckland papers think it a great mistake that they were not forwarded from the Manukau by one of the steam ships of war. The Castilian had on board the headquarters, 411 strong, under the command of Major Logan; and the Blue Jacket the remaining strength of the regiment, with the women and children. The arrival in the field of this veteran force should greatly strengthen the hands of General Pratt. The elections in the metropolis were not completed at the date of last advices. The people, after the effort which threw out the friends of Archdeacon Hadfield and William King, seem to have relapsed into apathy. Header Wood, for Parnell, has polled 88 against 54 recorded for Heale — the ministerial candidate ; for Onehunga, O'Rorke has been returned in opposition to Weekes and Farmer ; and for Newton, George Graham (then absent) polled six a-head of Archibald Clark, believed also to be a supporter of the ministry. All the Auckland members — how much soever they may differ on other points, are pledged to vote for the repeal of the New Provinces Act, so that if the Government make this a ministerial question during the next session, we fear they will sustain a defeat. From the South we have nothing else very important. At Nelson, Mr. Stafford made an excellent speech in support of the ministerial policy, which, if we can command the space, shall be re-printed in an early numbei*. — The usual anniversary regatta in Wellington had come off successfully. — Mr. Knight, the Auditor-General, had gone to Otago to examine into the charges of pecuniary delinquency preferred against the Superintendent by the Provincial Council. — For Wanganui and Rangitikei no candidates were offering in opposition to Messrs. Harrison and Fox. By way of Wellington we learn of an astonishing robbery on board of the Airedale, on her passage from Sydney to Nelson. Two boxes, each containing 5000 sovereigns, shipped onboard for the military chest at Taranald, and locked up in one of the cabins, having, in some inexplicable manner, been stolen. Particulars have not appeared in any of the papers, but we learn that the captain and all hands- are in custodyj pending a judicial inYestigation.

The Provincial Council has now sat on four consecutive days, and a report of its proceedings up till last night will be found in this morning's issue. Such report, although necessarily condensed, occupies so much of" our space as to prevent us giving, as we purposed, a brief summary of what has been said and done. We may briefly observe that the former (the talk) has, as yet, greatly preponderated over the latter (the work) ; but that a reference to the notice paper for next week will show that a large amount of business (including the consideration of the estimates) is on hand, and that, in all probability, it will be got through.

We hear nothing further of the prospects of the candidates for senatorial honours, nor of any other likely to be in the field. With regard to the Superintendency, it is whispered that new combinations have been formed, under which a majority of the votes will be in favour of Captain Carter. It is said that that gentleman will accept office if returned by a large majority, but will not be the nominee of any party in Council.

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Hawke's Bay Herald. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1861., Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume 4, Issue 176, 2 February 1861

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Hawke's Bay Herald. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1861. Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume 4, Issue 176, 2 February 1861

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