New Zealand Provinces.
TAUANAKI. [From the Taranaki Herald, April 27.] A falling barometer at the end of last week showed the approach of bad weather, and on Saturday night the Wonga Wonga and Sea Gull, the last to leave the anchorage, got under way, and the roadstead was empty for the first time for many weeks. On Sunday the wind abated and the sea was comparatively quiet, but the barometer continued to fall, and at night a gale of great violence broke upon the coast. The wind was very unsteady both in direction and force, shifting between N.N.W. and west, in short squalls of great fury, accompanied by deluges of rain. On Tuesday afternoon — wind due west, the barometer rising, and with every prospect of more moderate weather — a schooner under scanty sail was observed heading in shore. She was made out to be the Sea Gull, of Wanganui, and ran down for Moturoa with the design of anchoring, if the state of the sea would allow. She was, however, too far to leeward of the islands toget much shelter, and finding the sea very heavy she was put about, and when abreast of the flagstaff she bore down for the shore and ran up high and dry, and without losing a spar, sail, or rope, in the mouth of the Huatoki, half an hour after sunset. A vast number of people crowded to the shore to give assistance and satisfy their curiosity. No less than two hundred were for an hour waist-deep in the surf, endeavouring to steady the vessel by ropes. The scene was very curious, for the weather, though moderating, was still wild, and white surf ran up a hundred yards at each wave, swinging the mass of human beings about like a tress of sea-weed, under a moonlight partly obscured by westerly scud. No casualties occurred, and a large part of the cargo was uninjured. The ship, though hardly a wreck, has received severe damage, and is to be sold at auction to-day as she lies. On Tuesday a mail was despatched overland to Wanganui, in charge of a native of Hapurona's party. During the week a letter has been received from W. Kingi Makatea, of Umuroa, and Arama Karaka, leading chiefs of Taranaki, stating that they wish to accept the Governor's terms. A large meeting had been held, at which the tribe generally concurred with these chiefs, but a section residing at Warea are dissentients. They are busy collecting cattle and horses and sheep taken from the settlers, with a view to their restoration. As yet no news had come from Ngatiruanui. It has already been stated authoritatively in these columns that no sort of solicitation has been used to induce the Southern tribes to accept the terms offered, and it is satisfactory to be able to say that none will be used. They are probably not aware of the extent of damage they have done, estimated in their only coin, land. But it is said, and we trust truly, that no mistaken kindness will interfere to prevent the fullest justice, either by discounting the losses, or putting a rack value on the means of restoring them. The settlement of the Southern country is absolutely needed to guarantee security against marauders in future, and the exclusion of the European from the million fertile acres that lie unused in Ngatiruanui and Taranaki is no benefit to the natives, and helps them only in preserving an independence of government which, if preserved, must one day lead to their entire destruction. The Airedale arrived in the roadstead yesterday, bringing sixteen families from Nelson. The Rita was to sail to-day with a number more. The Airedale brings the February mail from Europe. General Cameron and staff, and Colonel Mould, sail by her this evening for Auckland.
WELLINGTON. The Wellington papers received by the last mail contain very little intelligence of a local nature. The Spectator and Independent, in noticing the terms of peace offered to W. King and the Ngatiawas at Taranaki, assert that the Governor admits by it the justice of the stand taken against the war by the Wellington party. The Advertiser continues to deplore the want of enlightenment in New Zealand statesmen for not adopting in their commercial policy the principles of protection. The John Bunyan had sailed, with a cargo of wool and other produce, of the value of £25,803. The Spectator of April 20 give 3us the following paragraph, showing that there is a revival in trade in Wellington :--• " It is with great pleasure we notice the improving aspect of affairs in this place, for during the last week or two the town has presented quite a brisk and business like appearance, especially on the beach near Plimmer's wharf, where four or five vessels have been alongside together loading and discharging, while the number of carpenters employed in getting ready the timber for the buildings at Taranaki, the bricklayers at work building the wall for the reclaimed land, and the filling in going on, gives the beach an air of business such as has not been seen in Wellington for many months. Nor is the bustle confined to this spot, the wharves at the head of the bay have been equally busy, while buildings are being erected in various parts of the town, and altogether we may congratulate our towns people on the improved aspect of affairs ; the time of our depression seems to be quickly passing away, and we may confidently look forward to a rapid increase of commercial and social prosperity."
MARLBOROUGH. The second session of the Provincial Council commenced on Wednesday last, in the Provincial Hall, Picton. His Honour the Superintendent, in opening the Council, delivered an address of some length, in which he stated that one of the principal reasons for calling the Council together so early was the necessity of submitting for their consideration the project of a railway from Picton to the Wairau. He was prepared to lay before them evidence carefully founded upon data to prove the estimated cost, and the amount of the loan that would be required to carry on the work ; also the probable receipts from passenger and goods traffic, and the estimated cost of working and keeping the railway in order, and paying an
efficient staff to work it. From the calculations already made, he believed that, independent of the increased traffic a railway would cause, they might anticipate the most favourable results. He remarked on the benefits already conferred on the province through separation, and instanced the improvements and construction of roads, bridges, and public works generally, and consequently the increased facilities for communication and traffic throughout the province ; but he considered that there was much that remained to be done. Tenders had been accepted for the erection of bridges ever the Pelorus, Tinline, and Omaka rivers. The increased accommodation of the schoolhouse at Blenheim, and the opening of new schools at Picton and Renwick, were mentioned. The subject of inter-colonial steam communication was to be submitted to the consideration of the Council. The principal bills prepared for the consideration of the Council were the Cattle Branding, the Dog Nuisance, and Alteration of Roads bills, passed at the former sitting of the Council, to which alterations had been made by the direction of his Excellency the Governor. The new bills his Honouif the Superintendent iutended to lay before the Council were the Picton Town Improvement Bill, and if authorized to proceed with a Railway bill, a bill to enable him to borrow the required capital. After his Honour had concluded his address, the Alteration of Roads and Dog Nuisance bills were each read a first time. A copy of special votes required for present purposes was laid upon the table, and after a few notices of motion had been given the Council adjourned until next day. On Thursday a reply to His Honour's address was given by the Council. The Superintendent was requested to communicate with the Inspector of the Union Bank of Australia with regard to establishing a branch at Picton. The Cattle Branding Act, which was passed last session, but did not receive the assent of the Governor through the omission of a clause restricting the amount of penalty to be enforced, was agreed to, the necessary alteration being made. Three memorials were laid on the table of the Council, viz., two to the Governor praying for the establishment of a Supreme Court at Picton, and the removal of the office of Receiver of Land Revenue to the same town ; and one to the General Assembly, praying for intercolonial and provincial steam communication with this province. The house was to go into committee on the Alteration of Roads and Dog Nuisance bills yesterday, when we believe the Council was to be adjourned until Thursday next. — Marlborough Press April 20. Annual Licensing Meeting. — On Tuesday last the annual licensing meeting was held at the Court House, Blenheim. Present: S. L. Muller, Esq., R.M., his Honour W. Adams, Esq., the Hon. W. D. H. Baillie, J.P., Cyrus Goulter, Esq., J.P. Certificates were granted to the following applicants: H. S. Bush, Beaver Inn, Blenheim ; W. Crowther, The George, Picton ; W. Craig, Royal Hotel, Blenheim ; W. B. Earll, Earll's Accommodation House, Awatere ; J. Godfrey, Wairau Hotel, Renwicktown ; W. H. Hyde, Commercial Hotel, Lower Wairau ; R. M'lvor, Waihopai ; G. James, Tasmanian Hotel, Picton ; H. Lakeman, Woolpack Inn, Renwicktown ; J. L. Neave, Ship Hotel, Picton ; W. Picton, Plough Inn, Lower Wairau; J. Reid, Marlborough Hotel, Blenheim ; R. B. Scott, Victoria Hotel, Blenheim ; J. Shepherd, Separation Hotel, Wairau Town ; W. A. D. Sutherland, Grove Hotel, Wairau Town ; J. Wilson, Wilson*s Accommodation House, Pelorus. The Victoria Hotel and Royal Hotel had twelve o'clock licenses granted. The application for the Royal Oak was refused — the bench being dissatisfied with the applicant's previous conduct. — Id. New Port of Entry. — The proclamation, constituting Picton a port of entry, has been signed by the Governor, and is now in the hands of his Honour the Superintendent. The proclamation will appear in the General Go* vernment Gazette, upon the return of Mr. Richmond from the South. — Id. Church Meeting. — A meeting was held on the evening of Tuesday, the 16th, in the Mechanics' Institute, Picton, to take initiatory steps for building a church. Church officers were appointed, and other arrangements entered into for carrying out the intention with as little delay as possible. — Id. ' Removal of the Government Offices. — The offices of the Government at Blenheim were closed yesterday, when the removal to Picton took place. It was announced that business would be resumed at the Government Offices, at Picton, on Monday next. — Id. Marlborough Volunteers. —We are informed that a drill sergeant for the Marlborough Volunteer Corps has been appointed. From an advertisement which appears in our issue of to-day, it will be seen that the No. 1 Company will meet for drill on the 30th instant, at five o'clock, p.m. We believe it is intended to drill the corps only once a month during the winter. — Id.
CANTERBURY. The following account of the Waitangi Races is taken from the Lyttelton Times. Venison, Kauri Gum, and Meleager were horses from Auckland :—: — WAITANGI RACES. The second meeting took place at Oamara on the 19th and 20th ultimo. There was a very full attendance of visitors from each side of the river, and two steamers arrived from Dunedin on the 18th, bringing a great number of the patrons of the turf from that town. We are sorry not to be able to give so good an account of the arrangements as we could wish. Although we hear that the Btewards had considerable funds to spare, there was no stand, none of the course was fenced off, and the public arrangements were very inefficient, persons being allowed to be on the course when the horses were running ; in some instances a bad feeling was shown to the horses from the Canterbury side of the river. Next year there should be a very decided improvement in, these matters if the Waitangi Races are to flourish. I Fiest Day.— Tuesday, Mabch 19. Maiden Plate, of 25 soys, with 2 soys entrance added ; one mile and a-half. Mr Brayshaw's b g Mildew, 3 yrs, Bst lllbs (Namer) 1 Mr Phillip's eh g Ugly, aged, lOst 71bs (Martelli) 2 Mr R Julius 1 eh g Jack, 6 f n tJ^°&Jj}*[Z
Betting 2tol on Jack. The three horses kept well together until they passed the winning post the first time, Mildew having inside uittftiflg, vth&x\ Ivt VS&S fouled hy Jack lovmding the turn; Mildew consequently lost all chance of the race, and Jack won by a couple of lengths. A protest being laid, the race was given in favour of Mildew, and the rider of Jack was disqualified from riding the remainder of the day. THE Oamabu Cup, value 50 soys, with 3 soys entrance added ; two miles. Mr R. Julius* bl h Venison, 3 yrs, 9sfc 81bs, (Noble) 1 Mr Martelli's b g Hector Norman, aged, lOst lllbs (Owner) 2 Mr Brayshaw's b g Lucifer, 4 yrs, lOst 31bs J B (Owner) 3 Hector Norman went off with the lead, being closely attended by Lucifer, the colt being some distance behind, but, coming up, collaring and passing his opponents about three-quarters of a mile from home, aud having the race from that time his own way, Hubdle Ra.ce.— Sweepstakes of 3 sevs each, £50 rfded ; three miles, over ten flights of 4ft hurdles. Mr^Studholme's b g Retribution, aged, 12st (Martelli) 1 Mr R. Julius' eh g Jack, 6 yrs, 12st (Mickey) 2 Mr. Morley's b g Types, aged, 12st, (A. Pattison) dist Mr. Martelli's b g Merry Legs was entered but drawn. Bettiug, 3to 1 against Merry Legs, 5 to 1 against Retribution and Jack, 6 to 1 against Types. Jack led, followed by Types ; Retribution, being bad to get away, was considerably behind ; all the horses got well over the first flight, Retribution being still in the background ; at the second flight Types twice refused, and was not persevered with. Jack's rider losing his stirrup at the third flight, and pulling up to recover it, Retribution took the command, keeping it throughout, and taking his hurdles, which were very stiff, in gallant style. Second Day. Selling Stakes of 3 soys, £25 added ; one and a-half mile. Mr. R. Julius* oh g Jack, list 1 Mr. H. Julius' bm Sally Brass, Bst3lbs, Casey ...dist Mr. Brayshaw's b g Lucifer, 9st 61bs, Martelli 0 Betting 2 to 1 against Lucifer, 4 to 1 against Jack. Jack and Lucifer ran abreast for the first half-mile, Sally Brass lying a long way behind ; Lucifer then showed in the van and won easily by about four lengths. On coming in, a cross was claimed by the rider of Jack, and allowed by the stewards. Sextlebs' Pitiise, value 100 soys, with 5 soys entrance added ; three miles. Mr. R. Julius' b g Kauri Gum, 6 yrs, 103t lllbs (Mickey) 1 Mr. Martelli's b g Merry Legs, 4 yrs, lOst 31bs (Owner) 2 Betting 3tol on Kauri Gum. Both horses ran neck and neck for the first two miles, when the Auckland horse took the lead and won easily. Sottbbx of 10b with £5 added, one mile, catch weights. Won by a black mare belonging to Mr. Hassell. Handicap Sweepstakes of 3 soys, with £50 added ; two miles. Mr. R. Julius 1 bl h Venison, 3 yrs, 9st (F. Wright) 1 Mr. B. Julius' b h Meleager, aged, 9st 51bs, (Casey) 2 Mr. Martelli'e b g Merry Legs, 4 yrs, 9st lOlbs, (Owner) 3 Mr. Morley's bg Types, aged, 9st 51bs (Noble) dist Mr. Martelli's b g Hector Norman, aged, lOst lOlbs , dr Mr. Brayahaw's b g Mildew, 3 yrs, 9st dr Won easily by Venison. Consolation Stakes, 2 soys, £20 added ; one mile and a-half. Mr. Martelli's Hector Norman, aged, lOst 71b (Owner) 1 Mr. R. Julius 1 b h Meleager, aged, lOst lib (Thomas) 2 Mr. Brayehaw's b g Lucifer, 4 yrs, 9st 71bs (Dansey) 3 This was a good race between Hector Norman and Meleager, running well together to the thirty yards. Won by half a length. PROSPECTS OF THE ENSUING SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. [Prom the lyttelton Times, April 20.] Another session of the General Assembly is approaching, his Excellency's Ministers having found it convenient to call the two houses together on the 30th of next month. The place of meeting is once more to be Auckland, and the session in a central city is postponed again to the indefinite future. In justice to the Government we give the circular of the Colonial Secretary scut to the members, bearing upon the question : — Colonial Secretary's Office, Auckland, 4th April, 1861. Slß— l do myself the honour to transmit to you the copy of a proclamation by his Excellency the Governor, summoning the General Assembly to meet for despatch of business at Auokland, on the 30th of May next. The eorernor wiaaea it to De stated, with, reference to a previously expressed intention of his Excellency to hold a session at Wellington, that the present circumstances of the colony render it unadvisable that the Government should be absent from Auckland for so long a period as would be necessary if the session were held at Wellington. His Excellency's Ministers desire to add that they concur in this opinion. I have, &c., E. W. Stafpobd. While the Southern Provinces fully admit the urgency of the plea put forward, and submit to the unavoidable necessity of another Auckland session, they still feel the annoyance and disadvantage keenly, aud will no doubt be prepared, when the native disturbances end, to demand similar concessions from the north by way of compensation. The legislative business of the ensuing session will probably be of smaller amount than was transacted in that of 1860, inasmuch as a comparatively short time has elapsed since the creation of the last book of statutes. But the state of affairs in the north will no doubt elicit earnest discussion from all sides of the house ; the mere process of gaining information on the native question occupying no small portion of the time of our representatives. In addition to this chief subject there will no doubt arise numerous others. No session has yet passed over without the introduction of subjects of great gravity, important to all parts of the colony, which not only were unexpected prior to the session, but cannot by any possibility be submitted to and understood by the people at large before receiving the final ay or no of the Legislature. The proceedings of the Parliament of New Zealand, disclosed to the public only in a political twilight at the best of times, defy the clearest perception which endeayoara to look forward to them. We can mention but a few
points which may possibly be found features of the session of 180*1. The New Provinces Act was respited last \ session foy jv ieysa. It is of c»wse v&rp difficult to predict the votes of a new house upon any subject ; but the great majority of members of the last House of Representatives who have been returned again are unanimous in desiring the repeal of the obnoxious act, and on a comparison of the published addresses of the new members it seems that a majority of them also hold the same opinion. It will be the natural duty of Auckland to take up the measure of repeal in self-defence, as it was that of Otago last year. On this subject we look in the meantime to hear the opinion of the legal advisers of the Crown in England upon the intrinsic legality of the New Provinces Act. A Bankruptcy and Insolvency law has been promised for a long time. We trust that practical men will be found to frame and pass some measure, remedying to some extent at least the frightful evils which exist under the present want of law. We have criminals and lunatics in such numbers that law and medicine unite to denounce the crowding of our gaols ; and yet we continue to allow creditors to demand there room and rations for their debtors of every degree. The legislature caunot cure madness by enactment, and may not suffer crime to go unpuuished ; but it can provide the mercantile community with some better resource in insolvency than the walls of a prison. The approaching session is looked forward to as likely to sweep away from our system of jurisdiction those anomalous tribunals called District Courts. A Judge of the Supreme Court for Nelson and another for Otago have long been wanted, and if another year passes without such a provisiou the Government of the day will have much to answer for. The introduction of a law to regulate the control and issue of public moneys is confidently expected to be a chief feature of the financial proceedings of the session. The provinces are ready to acknowledge the necessity of such a law, and the General Government is not without a consciousness that some restraint of the kind would have upon itself a wholesome moral effect. There are some laws on the Statute Book which were intended to have only a limited and conditional existence. Amongst these is the Electoral Qualification Act of 1858, which, not being renewed in 1860, expired at the cud of that session. Its effect was chiefly to clear up doubts which are of course now technically raised again. It might well be superseded by a comprehensive enactment denning anew the franchise. Another terminable law is the Arms Act, which will expire if not renewed next session. Of this we will only say that it is burdensome in a great degree in the South Island; but should be tested, before a renewal is permitted, by its operation over the whole colony. It is clear that supplies of ammunilion were not wanting for the service of the insurgeut natives during a year of warfare ; and it is questionable whether the provisions of a very stringent law would be enforced in time of peace, so carefully as to prevent the accumulation of a fresh hoard of powder and ball by the natives against the period when it shall next please them to enjoy a campaign among the farms and orchards of the English settlers. A question which will require the careful consideration of the southern members may be broached next session. Shall the South Island pay the expense of establishing a Government, courts of judicature, police, and other necessities of civilization among the natives, such as it will no doubt be proper to attempt the establishment of in case of peace becoming permanent. We certainly think not. Any expenses which the colony may be put to for the purpose of upholding her Majesty's supremacy when attacked within its borders, all parts of the territory will no doubt cordially subscribe to pay. But the introduction of the power of the law among the northern tribes is for their own benefit and for that of the English who have dealings with them. For this purpose the revenue produced by the native population itself (which is considerable) should be applied ; technically speaking, the expenditure should be classified on the estimates as ' local,' not ' general.' The South Island has some hundred natives to whom it is desirous of doing justice. The result of taxing this island for native purposes is to throw the expenditure into one fund, almost the whole of which must be spent elsewhere, and to leave the South Island natives neglected. Were we free to apply our own contributions, to improve the condition of the aborigines resident among us, we should be in a position to do them the justice which has so long been denied them. STEWART'S ISLAND. [Communicated to the Southern News by Mr. J. Solomon, of the schooner Amelia Frances.] I would commence from Saddle Point (the north-east extreme) southward. The first place worthy of notice is a long sandy bay, called by the natives " Hotago," in which there are two families of half-castes, who have resided there upwards of twenty years. This bay is formed by a rocky headland at the north end, with a long sandy beach curving south-easterly. There is a small river at the north cud of the bay, forming a good boat harbour, with a fine valley of rich land at the back. In consequence of its richness and sheltered position, it abounds in heavy timber, with thick undergrowth. The land, when cleared, yields abundantly. One mile south of Hotago is another excellent bay, sheltered from all winds excepting the north-east. There is here a fine valley running back, with a boat-entrance into a small estuary, into which a creek of excellent water empties itself, coming down the valley from Mount Anglein. About one mile farther south is a waterfall over the sea-cliff, having its source from a fresh-water lagoon, situated on a fine piece of table-land, heavily timbered, I believe possessing the finest timber on the island. Two miles south-east of this is Fort William, so highly Bpoken of by Commander Stokes. The harbour is formed by a small promontory on the north, which forms its principal shelter*
There is a fine boat-harbour at the head of the bay, formed by a latge fresh-water stream from a rich valley at the back, but full of tim- '■ bt>r. There are three bays in Tort "Wiftiam, each having its own valley and fresh-water stream. About two miles south of Fort William is an excellent bay, called Horse-Shoe Bay (from its shape), in which a considerable quantity of land has been cleared by the natives. It is a remarkably good harbour. Ilalf-a-mile south of Horse-Shoe Bay is a fine harbour, called Half-Moon Bay (by the natives, Hootee Bay). The land about this bay is very rich : a portion of it, when in cultivation, produced large crops of potatoes for many years. Ilalf-a-mile south of this delightful bay is the noble harbour called Patterson's lulet. I can describe it in no other way than as a firstclass harbour teeming with harbours. It has an entrance of about three-quarters of a mile, with an average depth of eight fathoms. The harbour is composed of three main branches, the largest of which extends west, from the entrance, about ten miles, with an average width of two miles. In the centre are a large island called Cooper's Island and about thirty others of inferior size. At the head of this arm is a river navigable for small vessels, at high water, through an extensive valley of mostly open land, extending across the island. With Mason's Bay, on the west coast, I am not personally acquainted, but am informed, by good authority, that it offers excellent pasture for cattle. Another arm, at the head of the west arm, extending south-west about three miles, and known as the South-west Arm, is about three-quarters of a mile in width : at the head of it is an extensive flat, with a fine creek of fresh water running through it from the surrounding hills. The third arm, south of the entrance, and known as the South Arm, is about three miles deep aud one and a-half broad. In a deep bay between the entrance of the South Arm and the old neck, is an excellent harbour, called by Commander Stokes "Glory Harbour," and is formed by three islands. It is an excellent place for heaving down vessels requiring repairs. The whole of this noble sheet of water is clear of rocks or shoals, with an everage depth of eight fathoms, offering shelter for vessels from the size of the " Great Eastern " down to the smallest boat on the Waiopai, and with a coast line, inside the entrance, of not less than a hundred miles. Each point, as you pass up its three main branches, discovers its own little bay or inlet, in most instances dotted with small islands — looking beautifully picturesque. At the east side of the entrance are several families of half-castes, whose parents have been settled there about twenty-five years. About four miles up the west arm, in a beautiful bay (called by the natives Kepeepe Bay), Mr. Gallon and Mr. Bullock have erected their saw-mills, which will find constant employment for about seventy men, and from which may be expected a regular supply of good timber. Six miles south of Patterson's Inlet, is Port Adventure, a very excellent harbour, but not much frequented by strangers in consequeuce of the extensive and dangerous reefs lying off its entrance ; but these form no obstacle to persons acquainted with them. The land is all wooded. There are about twelve Maoris, men and women, and the land which they have in cultivation produces excellent crops of potatoes and wheat. The harbour has several small ones inside, and one, called Oyster Cove, abounds in oysters of excellent quality. South of this I can only speak from my kuowledge of the chart by Commander Stokes, and information gained from men who have been many years located on the Island, A few miles below Port Adventure is a small deepwater river, available only for small vessels, called Lord's Harbour, where I am informed there are a few hundred acres of open country, with very rich grass. About ten miles from this is Port Pegasus, even (if possible) a finer harbour than Patterson's Inlet. To use Commander Stokes' remarks, "it is one of the noblest harbours in the known world ;" and I am informed that, after passing through a narrow belt of timbered laud, you come upon a plain of not less than thirty thousand acres, and that there is still more open country south. This is as far as my experience and information extend. Parties paying a visit to the Island should provide themselves with a compass, and, if possible, a rough chart. Paterson v. Bonaparte. — The judgment by which tlie Court of rirst Instance dismissed the suit of Mrs. Paterson and M. Jerome Bonaparte, .and condemns them to pay the costs, proceeds entirely upon the ground that the question was conclusively adjudicated upon by the Emperor's family council last year, and abstains from pronouncing any judicial opinion upon the merits of the case. No judicial declaration is made respecting the validity or invalidity of the ex-king Jerome's first marriage. The Garibaldians. — La Patrie publishes the following : — "The ancient corps of Garibaldians are in full reorgnization. Only the men fit for service are retained. They will form four divisions. The first, commanded by General Turr, will shortly establish its headquarters at Mondovi j the second, commanded by General Bixio, will proceed to Vercelli ; the third, commanded by Medici, will be stationed at Biella ; and the fourth, commanded by Cosenz, will have its head-quarters at Asti." In the course of a debate iv the Spanish Chamber a short time since, a dispute took place between the Minister of the lulerior and certain deputies respecting something he had said ; and the latter were so irritated that they proposed a motion, declaring that " they had heard with disgust the Minister make an announcement which he must have known to be false :" but it came to nothing.