JO LUNT &ERS! . VOLUNTBERS!! (To the Editor of the Daily Times.).
Sik,—- Five hundred manly hearts are wanted at Auckland, not merely to sustain the British name in New Zealand, but to protect cur fellow colonists from a harrasing and protracted fight, and it may be from a disastrous defeat. They are but few and scattered, so that in their lonely homes the men, the women, and the little children are in danger of being savagely butchered at night. The Maories have, for 40 yearg, had teaching- and protection from the British, and now they are in arms to murder thsir friends. Their very Missionaries and'their children, as well asthe settlers, and theirs are obliged to flee from the tomahawk. Men who have spent their time and best energies in endeavoring t3 raise the natives are now escaping with their lives, and harmless unsuspecting families are driven from their homesteads, while some have already fallen by the hands of the savage. The true-hearted Britons of Otago hay*. it iv their power to settle this horrid business quickly. There are men enough here besides those whose more important duties and family ties detain them in the South, xneu who can go, and whose brave national .- ">irii and love for right would carry them to a speedy ybipry. ■'■■■-:■
uiln the'-Home country if the South of England were menaced, and so unrighteously and barbarously, as ate our countrymen and friends in the North of this colony, would,not the sturdy men of the North rush to their rescue? Yes, in untold thousands. I say nothing of the handsome reward to be given to the Volunteers, up the noble valley of the Waikato. True, men wiU go to save the lives of their felloweolonists, and from the love of justice—yc-t, I have myself seen the noble valley, muali of the finest country of New Zealand is there. Two years ago I was up the whole length of that noted river, arid I remember saying that in a short time its lazy, ungrateful inhabitants would be driven from the entire valley and others brought by Providence who would "replenish the earth and subdue it." There is a place made as on purpose for a great central city, 150 iiiiles up the river on the delta, at its junction with the \Yaipa, where squats the Maori king in defiance of British authority; and there, soon I fully hops to see thousands of victorious English, Scotch, and Irishmen met in triumphaat sixccess in thi-v cause so just and righteous. There thriving settlers will live in peace and harmony, and towns and villagss and abundant farmsteads will spring into ■ life faster than they did in the rich valleys of America, white the thankless Maories shall be driven beyord the .-mountains, subdued past the hope of further resistaice.
The great Creator of that fine and. fruitful land •will-do this, scattering the idle, ungrateful, warloving natives, and giving the means of abundant subsistence to tens, of .thousands of thrifty families fromour home lands.
Britons-of Otago, young men of true hearts, now is the time to be of real service in a good work. Wow your couutry requires you to volunteer to help your brethren in protecting innocent aud precious lives from the hands of savages ; for men and their wives, and little children, are in danger of bsicg butchered infamily groups. Go, and shave the honor and the 'triumph; ■ : ■■■'.■'. I am, &c, ___/_'___ ' ' ' '■ ' ■ A. Briton.
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