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By the courtesy of Captain Walker of the Willie Winkie, which vessel arrived yesterday afternoon from Opotiki, we have received the important intelligence of an attack upon that settlement which was still going on at the time the Willie Winkie sailed.

It appears that on the night of the 9tb inst., or rather the morning of the lOih. the Uriweras and Ngatireris made an unexpected attack upon an outlying picket at Waioeka, about five or six miles from the camp. The firing was heard hy Major St. John, who at once proceeded with a psrty of seventeen men to the scene of action.

The captain of the Willie Winkie, who left the Opotiki river at 4 p.m. the same day, the 10th inst., stateß that heavy 6ring was heard in all directions throughout the morning, and that just before he left the river a report had come in that the natives had got between Major St. John and his party and the camp, and every available man was being mustered as a relfef. Whether the report was true or not he cannot state, but says that when the vessel was crossing the bar.and getting, out to sea the firing could be heard heavier than before.

We have alßo learned that the report of the murder of Mr. Firth's men is groundless as is also that of the murder of the man Cannon, in the employ of Mr. Kelly, said to have been murdered on the beach.

Hoane Pureki, who was charged wth murder before Mr. Clarke, on Saturday last, and was then told that he should he taken care of, has made his escape under the following circumstances :—lt would appear that last evening, near dusk, the person in charge of the prisoner took three of them outside of the redoubt in which the prison is situated, there being no requisite convenience within, when on their return and near the gate Pureki made a bolt. The other two prisoners, Baker and McCormick, hard labor men, followed, endeavoring to capture him. but being badly shod, they were soon left some distance behind. The fugitive had trousers, shirt, and shawl on when he started, but of which he divested himself while running. He took to the water and crossed over to the Judea side, and before a boat could be obtained it was dark. A number of Maoris have been sent in pursuit.— New Zealand Herald, August 16.

By the arrival!of the Tauranga, the news we have already published respecting the fighting at Opotiki is confirmed. The news brought by the Tauranga is to the effect that 100 rebel natives attacked theWaioeka Redoubt, which was at the time only held by 20 loyal natives. On hearing the'firin ff , indicating an engagement, Major St. John and Captain Smith mustered all their forces, proceeded immediately to the scene of action, broke through the natives, and dispersed them. The Major's hor?e was wounded, and two natives killed, rebels, we presume. — Southern Cross,, August 17.

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OPOTIKI., Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 73, 26 August 1867

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OPOTIKI. Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 73, 26 August 1867

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