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lliciii and inflict iii^' s('V(-rc losses. On his return
to town t!ie (ii-neral issned an Order olfejiii^- " liis
l)est than]oth i>arti(>s (('aplain ^\'enster's
beinfr in eonnnand of Tiiioitcnant M(:Jv(dlar) Avent
out on .ln!y 'S-^ with some of the military (o exploie
ilir eounfry in the di:eetion of Tat araimaka. xVt
T( Alimihu a few of tlic enemy were seen, but they
siiowed no iiulina'ion to ny com lusions. Tlie
\"olunteers, it was stated, hd'i a not(> stu(dc in a
fern stalk iii the middli- a, which, lead thus: — " W'hai uiai ra,
wh;u mai i'a, kei tapatapahia to kir: i te manuka
e In l;i Oakura 'a. ]\a wliai t"- liri. — Na te
Miriha." This was an old i hant of a Maori watch-
man in tijc pa, and was an in\itation to the enemy
to come on if he was riot afraid: — " Conn- on here,
come on ; imt talvc care you di^ md scrat.-h your
skin willi tiii^ manuka tliat prows by the Oakura
there (i.e., tlie soldiers of the redoul>t). — (Signed)
j'he Militia."

The (diief theatre of operations at th.is tin\e was
in tlu^ \N'aikato, andv the military were mostly with-
drawn ir(;m Tar:i:mki. On Auf4"tist '^ the Oakura
it-doubt was abandoned. Cajjfain Atkinson's parly
(d buski:; nf^'er'^ wert* nn)ved do\\-n as far as Mr.
AV. ( 'airinpton's to ((j-o])eiate witli the soldiers
in case of need. From the top of the Oake.ra
hiU tln^v had a few shots at the Natives, but with
A\hat (dfect was not asc ertai;ied.

Towards the eml ot Sr'plember th>els be^an
ii^ be more active in Tai'anaki, ami scN-eral little
skirmishes toid; place, in ^\hi(■l! tlie \'olunteers had
a shai-e, tlie most serious beina' on October 2 at
Allen's Hill. Jh.th ('a]dain Atkinson's and
(.'ajitain \V(d)s(er"s comiianies were en^a^'cd in these



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slcirmislu's. Tlioy rccoived j^Tcat ]'raise from
Coloiifl Wni'ic for tlu'ir 1)0|iaviour upon a littlf
hnish in llu- JJcll dislrict on iSeptcnibrr 2!). The
("oioncrs r(>])()rt said: - " It is witli much ])l('asure
1 draw the ljif'ut.-(M'm.'iars attention to the satis-
factory result of this encounter between the Civilian
Forces of this l'i()vinc(> and the rel)el Maojis, and
to tlie ]ierseveriji^' effoi'ts of Captains Atkinson an>l
AVobster and the officers and men under their
command to carry out the imjiortant duties en-
trusted to them. In all weather, and at all houis.
liave these Companies souL'-ht the iMiemy; and it
is to their constant patrolling-, rot only the imme-
diate vicinity of the to\'.ii, hut the outskirts of
settlement, that I attribute the little annoyance
we have experienced from the presence of, it is
now statv'd, s(ur.e •")(!(• uf the rebels, who ocvupy
stroni;- ]K.sitions on the edj^c of the bush, betwecJi
the Hell Hlock sto.kade ai>d Mataitawa. Ca])taia
Atkinson ])ossesses all the entain ?.'ace of the .\[ilitia and his niounted
orderlies. The .Militia and \'oi\inteer force en-
ler, Capta.in .Mosenyci', Lieut.
Jonas, Knsifrn Brcnvn, Assi'^tant-Suro'etm Wtd)ber,
5 serg-eanis. 2 dinmmers. and 81 rank ami tile.

In the Taranaki ilen.ld of Dpcembei olh. bSfi-'J,
was published the follouin;;' li>t ot oiiiceis of rlie
Ta)-anaki Kifle Voluntceis, foircc'icd to 1). •(ember
1st: — No. 1 Companv: Ca))Tain — Fred Lewis W'eb-
.ster, March L"), ISG.'J: Lieuienant— Wi!li;,in Jih.u k.



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()ctol)or 21, lSn'5; Eiisi^'ii — Tluniuis McGuinnoss,
(Jctolicr 21, l ar'' veiy loth to
lose liiin. lie will still contin'u\ \\ e Ixdivve, to
conduct the 1' iis]iran.L;'eis as liit Iieito."

A larf;-e expedition, uiah'i- th(> coinniaml of ">.Iaj(jr
15u(ler, left town on Monday, Api'ii 18, to visit
the country of the Taranakis. down the coast. The
ffU'ce Consisted of ahout oDI) me" — I")') of thiu'U
iLlJrown, and (■ori)orai W. Mar.shall was (dectee\- were iii'-d \ipon, and
retired. Colonel AV;M'!'e divid(>d Majoi' /vt kinstui's
men into parlies t(j atiacjv- tlic pa. on either side.
'i'h(- Na,l'">-es in the pa (al)out 'J') in number) fired
biisicly as t'lv" i'>u^hran;^'ers a]ipr(,a(iiriK but find-
in.U- tbems(d\-es oiitjlanked on both sides tliey broke
amd fled. As tisey r.iu out of llie back (d" the pa
"!i(> wiiv killed, another wounded a.iid (aj/tiired, and
a lliird wouedcd ami est'a.ped. 'Die otd\- cai-ualty
amoni,'" the \'ohu!teers \\;is t pa at the ri.U'hi. witli Major
Atkinson secoinP The ]Xi was destroyed hy the
]hisliraneided to discontinue ])ayment of Militia auv!
Volunteers: — "It is with much regret that Colonel
W-irre is obliged to disjieiise with the military
services of men wiio, for ui)v,-ar(ls of four years,
iiuve been enrolled in defen(-e (d' their families
anil liomes. In making- known the orders of tiio
Govoriunent, Colonel AVarre desires to offer to the
v/hole liis heartfelt thanks for the very cordi;i! eo-
operation th^ev have afforded iji very trying times,
and the Colonel trusts thai althou!'-]i"the'inhabi ta nt.s
of T:\ranaki are no longer enrolied as a military
body, they v.'ill cojilinm^ that viduable aid in the
.su})])ressi first parable was iicld on May '2':}, wIumi several
new nie:r!i)('i-s wcri' sworn :ind rules su'hinitted and
T-assed.

On S"j)f(>!i;li-r II it was deeideii t'. form a band
in co'ineclion witli tite y KckhI rifle ranj^'c, the
cost of wjiicli had l)een d-'ira.yd by mcnilHU's of the
coi-ps, v/as op'-ned with a niaieh l)eiw(>eii the cor])S
and tlie A.C. ]''ore(\ the h-.ltrr ])rov!nT7. Itie corps lii-cd a ni-itch
ap'ainsl the ^\'a a;^' i nui Kiflc Coijjs, winninfr hy ')!]•'{
to (iT'j. (hi I'ehiuary 27, l.S7ry Corps, b\-,t at a nieotinp
on -M;iy Vi it ^\■as decided ov HI votes to lo to
retain 'the old title.

(Jn A]n-il 8, 1S7:). Capiain Kenny, who had been
in. conniiand of tlir corns sim-'c -"ts reoi ?anisation
in May, l>S7i;. Uwk Ids 'far''W(>ll cd' the corps, aTid
left Lieiit.-nuif I'dlis iii ■•omniand. At tliis tin^e
tliere v.;;s little lif(> in the corps, and on tlie Oneen\s
liirihday oidy Hi nu-n niu-tered to fire tiie nsv.al
feu do ,ioi


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