TE KOOTI'S VISIT TO POVERTY BAY
(PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.)
Gisbobnx, February 19. Mr Booth, K.M., received the following telegram at 4 p.m. from Mr Fergus, Minister of Justice : — " Isbus notice to the people of Qisborne to the following effect :— ln deference to their feelings Government have need every effort except actual force which would be clearly illegal (Te Kooti since he has been pardoned being a free mail) to stop hio going to Gisborne, and will continue to do so. Government have full information as to Te Kooti's movements, and are satisfied there is no fear whatever of his breaking th&law.Bhonld he persist m going to Gisborne notwithstanding the efforts Government are still making to prevent him, Government bope the settlers will help them to maintain the law evenly between the two raoes. Any breach of it must end m serious consequenoas to all concerned."
A telegram from Wakatane sent this morning jsays that Te Kooti and party, numbering about seventy-one, a quarter of whom are women, are now here. They seem unarmed and peaceable, but may have revolvers. They may not leave Opotiki for several days.
Auckland, February SO. Me Mltohelson yeiterday telegraphed to Mr Both, R.M. at Taoraega, instructing him to follow Te Kooti and deliver a message strongly urging him to return aud not prooeed 10 Poverty Bay. Mr Bash replied last night, stating that he foand Te Kooti at Poroporo, four miles from Wbakatme, and delivered the message. Te Kootl replied that the Minister had talked. . over the matter very folly In Auckland, but he still felt he must go to Poverty Bay. He was getting old and did not know when he might die. He strongly wished to see his friends befcra his death, and therefore he ooald no* delay He added he was like the master of a vessel who looked out for breaker* ahead before crossing tbe bar. If there was too heavy a sea he would put back. This Interpreted, means that if strongly opposed he will tarn baok rather than rtak BDy breach of the peaoe. Mr Bash adds that Te Kooti means to do his uWnost to reaoh Poverty Bay, and will not defer his vlalt. He leaves this morning for Walmana, and will then pass through Opotikt. • he goes to Manamuto, seven imlLs beyond Opotlkl, on the Gisborne road, and proceeds on Friday to Poverty Bay. Te Kootl's party has been largely (Increased by looal NaMvos, and 180 horses were tethered* round the eno»mpment, but the whole "may not accompany him. There was no sign of arms of any description. Mr Mltohelson says if Te Kootl adheres to tbe line of route proposed It will not take him near Glsboroe. The Natives have evidently been arranging tut this visit, as large quantities of potatoes have been planted along the route.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889
TE KOOTI'S VISIT TO POVERTY BAY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2068, 20 February 1889
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