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We have been favored by Captain Hirst who left here on the 21st Maroh, in command of & party of Bushrangers for the Patea, and returned in steamer * Rangatira'. (on leave of absence, urgent private business requiring it) on Friday the 21st instant, with a perusal of his journal. With his permission we subjoin some interesting extracts :—

March 21.— " Embarked at New Plymouth at 3 p.m. on board the s.s. Ahuriri, with Captain Bracey, Lieutenant Kirby, Ensigns Bear and Dalrymple, Assistant Surgeon Suther, 150 men Taranaki Military Settlers; also, Lieutenant Newland, Ensign Chapman and forty-seven noncommissioned and Rifle Patea Eangerß. Fine weather .all night, the men in good health and spirits. Maroh 22. — " Arrived off Patea at daylight. Anchored at 7 a.m. ; good view of the camps, &o. The Sandfly, Government steamer inside the river high and dry. Gundagai atWanganui j surf boats at Manawapoa, and no means of crossing the bar. Waited five hours ; fine weather but threatening. Glass going down, not room for half the men below, and no great stock of provisions on board, deoided on running for Wanganui for the night, and perhaps get orders to return in the morning. Arrived at Wanganui 5 p.m. Landed with Captain Brasey to report our arrival, and found that the Hon. Major Atkinson (Defence Minister) and Colonel Logan, had gone up to Parikino, in the steamer Gundagai. No instructions left or any one to give us orders, so went on board again and stopped the night. March 23.— " Captain Brasey started this morning to Parakino on horseback, with a native guide. The men this day were very uncomfortable owing to being wet and on the deck of the vessel two nights. To add to this the batcher had not sent any meat on board, consequently the men had only one pound of bread each for breakfast^-no coffee or anything else. As I was left in command, I ordered a " tot of rum" to be given to the men ; went on shore myself, got the meat ; took it to a bakehouse, had it cooked and sent in on board ; by this time it was noon. Not a man was allowed to leave the vessel, and as the previous night had been very showery the poor fellows were exceedingly uncomfortable, but on the whole behaved very well. As the day wore on the weather became worse, and I decided to land the men. Just as I got ashore a canoe oame down the river with the Hon. Major Atkinson and Colonel Logan. We were then ordered to land at once. A large pant went alongside and took all the rangers ashore in one trip. Although it was quite dark and raining torrents we formed fours and marched to the market place, pitched tents, and through the kindness of Colonel Logan, 57th regiment eot dry straw and made all pretty comfortable for the night. After the rangers were landed the punt returned for the Military Settlers, so that at 9 p.m. all were on shore and housed for the time.

Maroh 24. — " Busy cleaning arms, drying oar clothes, &o. Felt maoh pleasure at the very cordial manner of the 57th towards oar men. This feeling of the two forces is very pleasing. Had a parade ; inspected arms, and found them in good order. Men are well conducted and correct.

• March 25. — " Embarked my own men and 50 T.M.S. under Captain Penne&ther on board the Sandfly for Parakino. Left town at 2 p.m., but owing to a heavy fresh down the river could not get up that night, and landed at a plaoe near Mr. Bnckthonght's farm. Pitohed tent?, served out rations for the next day, mounted guard, &c, Mr. Buckthought I found to be a first-rate settler ; he did his utmost to make all welcome This day is the anniversary of taking of Eaitake.

March 26. — At 7 a.m. struck tents, packed baggage, loaded canoes with stores, Ac., and in light marching order (guided by two friendly natives) started overland for Parakino. Went some five or six miles np a valley, crossing a river about knee-deep six times, and then began to ascend a mountain about three miles of a very -steep road — so difficult iv many oases, that the only means of progress was by grasping the fern and tutu. To make matters worse the rain begam to come down in torrents and continued without intermission until we reached Parikino at about 4 p.m. Having arrived at our destination safe, we were informed for our comfort no baggage had arrived, and were told that owing to a freshet down the river we should not have it up till next day. At this post we found Major Eookes, Lieutenants Powell and Broughton and Dr. Gibson who did all in their power to make all hands comfortable? ' The phrophecy respecting the baggage turned out false, for at. 5.80 p.m. the canoes arrived and although the rain continued to descend our men discharged the stores and pitched the tents. The ground, however, was all worked np into mud and no dry fern could be got. The men consequently preferred sitting up all night. Their conduct throughout was highly creditable.

March 27. — " Dried clothes and stores, and got camp in order. The country very hilly, but the land good to the top of the hills. March 28.— "A board was held this day on the bread and meat, of which about 150 tierces was condemned. Captain Brasey arrived with remainder of Military Settlers, and orders for Bushrangers to move farther np the river twenty* fiTi_«^to, r plaoe, called J Sotiniti,' or m

' Corinth.' Maroh 29. — " Embarked in about 14 canoes at 7 a.m. taking stores, tents, &o. Ab noon reached "Atini (Athens) and landed. Found natives very. land. Stayed an hoar, and then proceeded to Corinth whioh plaoe was reached at about 8.30 p.m. Landed . and a took .. poasession of a strong, sawn. timber toolcadp pa. the. top of a high steep^nill) got-aU^cea'np^^nt^. pitched, &c. Cpnpi^t"^i«i.vajgt.gpQ^ Natives brought pr^qnVof {grapaa,, po.j»tjWß, 4 r fowls, &c, for. all hands, very monotonous, work going up the river> Nothing bat high hills, so steep generally that nothing bat goats could find a jooting, and ' Covered with bosh or sorub, such as manuka. Bought from natives very good pork as, rations at 3d. per lb.; potatoes, £4 per ton. There is about 1000 acres of good available land about hero; bat like.. that at Parakino, of steep

March SO.—" Parade at 10 a.m., arms in good order. At 4 p.m. Capt, Brasey arrived with his company of military settlers and stores. March 31. — " Parade at- 10 a.m., all correct. If men behave as they are doing, there will be no fear of defaulter's sheets. Captain Pennefether arrived with his company (No. 10.) April 1. — " Parade as usual at 10 a.m., and all correot. Afternoon, the Hon. Major Atkinson came up with Captain Noakea, Messrs. Booth, White, Nixon, Carr and others. At 9 p.m. received orders to embark at daylight next day for Banana (London) with the whole foree — distant say 15 miles, taking up with us all the stores we can. April 2. — " Fine weather : moved off at 8 a.m.; river of same character all the way np, but hills rather higher and steeper. Reached London in safety, though some bags of bisouit were lost overboard going over the rapids. Landed, and after an half-hour's rest, marched for Hiruharam (Jerusalem). About half a mile above London, is the island of Moutua, where the great fight took place between the Queen natives and the Han haus, the former losing fourteen killed and the latter fifty. Walked up to see the place and had a full and interesting account of the whole affair from Mr. Booth and Himona. This is a fine native of 40 or 45 years of age. The Queen's natives were beaten from one end of the island to the other, and some had retreated across the river, when Himona tnrned, knelt down, saying he would die there. He, however, instead, shot two of the rebels dead at about seven yards. Some more of his party stopped with him, the rest rallied,' and a defeat was thus turned into aviotory. Afterwards we marched overland from London to Jerusalem, a distance of about 11 or 12 miles. We passed through a great deal of very good available land ; I should think from 6,000 to 10,003 acres ; a large part of which might be ploughed. Much land here is fenced, and is, or has been, under cultivation. In faot from the top of a long but not very steep hill which we had to cross, I had the most lovely view I have seen in New Zealand. We arrived at Jerusalem at 5 p.m., and found baggage &o. all there, Pitched tents and turned in, as we were to be up at daylight and away. Colonel Nixon having proceeded to Pipiriki with some friendly natives wai expeoted back during the night. April 3. — Embarked at daylight in about 40 canoes, leaving all baggage stores, &0., behind. Force mustered about 300 men. Colonel Nixon not yet returned. Went up the river with Queen's flag flying in foremost canoe, of which Ensign Dalrymple had the honor to be in charge. Wooded hills almost perpendicular and covered with bush or scrub. I was lucky in being in the first canoe for speed on the river. It was very exciting work going up the river, the natives

saying every now and then— * Look out. t length I am told that we hare only one more point to round and we shall be at Pipiriki. At that point there is a great rapid. We give way, and only three canoes are now ahead of us ; we passed two of them and reach the rapid. The rangers jump into tbe river, leaving the natives to take the canoe round the point, which being done the rangers jump in again, make a dash and we are at Pipiriki in safety. The position is considered to be the most important in the island. It is 75 miles from Wanganui, and the great central depot of this part, for at this .point all the main tracks meet, namely to Taupo, Waitotara, Patea, Bangitikei, Ac. We found Colonel Nixon had gone to a pa up the river some three miles farther to see Pehi. About an hour after we arrived he returned, bringing Pehi with him. I had the good, luck to be present at the interview between , the Hon. Major Atkinson and this chicf — the former was cool and firm— the latter violent and abusive. After a long talk the Major closed the matter by saying that if Pehi would consent to our staying it would be all right ; but if not he might try to dislodge us, and we would then take all his land from him. At this the old fellow kioked up a great row and then gave in. The natives say that this place is only two day's inarch, from Waitotara River, or say four day's march from Mataitawa. Men employed in building two redoubts and one intrenched camp.

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TARANAKI BUSHRANGERS AT WANGANUI. Taranaki Herald, Volume XIII, Issue 665, 29 April 1865, Supplement

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