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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY.

[PEB PRESS ABSJOIATION ]

Auckland, February 21.

The Hon E. Mltchels m goes to Wellington per the Wanaka to-morrow. Mr T. W, Lewis leaves to-d*y by the Gleneig A telegram received by tho Native Minister states that Te Kooti will not approach within twenty miles of Qlsborne. Tbe Waikato Natives look anconcerne-ily upon the prospect of Te Kootl being shot 'during his expedition. Tbey state he is fully aware of the risk he runs, but that his followers believe if he is killed he will re-appear to them In another f rm. The Natlfe Minister decides to remain here pending events at Gisborne. Gisborne, February 21

Over 200 Nativia arrived to-day at Katakara from Wairoa to /lie Te Kootl. No aotlon has yet been taken by the Premier, who Is making all enquiries into the request of the settlers to stop the rebel's visit.

The Premier arrived this morning, and held a oonferenoa with the Justices of the Peaoe; He deolded to make enquiries as to the aotual danger with regard to Te Kootl's visit. The Premier stated that he will stay till matters are settled. Wellington, February 21.

Government have received a telegram from nine Influential chiefs of Poverty Bay, stating that if steps are not taken tj stop Te Kootl at Opotikl they will take measures to prevent him from entering their district.

This afternoon the Native Department received a telegram from Mr Bush, R M. at Opotikl, which states tbat Te Kootl had not retched Waioti yet, but said that he will be there to-night, whioh, howaver, la doubtful. It is expected that his following will be a very large one when he p»6Bes through Opotiki. Tbe Ngatias say they have heard tbat Te Kootl talks of visiting Torere to ory over their late chief Wiremu Kingl, but they are anxious ho should not go there just yet. Auckland, February 22.

A telegram from Opot kl states that Te Kooti, with 200 men and 50 women, passed through there at ten this morning. The Premier telegraphs to Mr Mltohelson from Giabome tbat he found great excitement m Poverty Bay m view of Te Kooti's projected visit, and numbers of both races appeared determined to prevent bis advent. Msny women and children, and a sprinkling ef men, had come m from the out districts and more are eipeoted m to day (Friday).

Srveral Natives have represented to the Premier that they are m bodily fear owing to information they have received from relatives as to Te Kooti's movements. Wellington. February 22. The Native Department have reoelved two telegrams this mornlog stating that Te Kootl had arrived at Opotikl, and that Mr Bush, R.M., interviewed him. Te Kooti informed him that he would not return, but will remain at Omaramotu for a day or two. He laughed at the idea of anybody being afraid of him, and said that all he wanted was to pass along the Queen's highway peacefully v If killed it would not be his fault. OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. The " Wellington Post " writes :— ln stead of forming a Vigilance Committee to watch Te Kootl, the settlers bad better keep a strict watch on those of their own number who, In their opinion, are likely to be mad and foolish enough to seek to do him Injury, or to take the law into their own hands. If Te Kooti is left alone, no barm will happen. A strict watch should be kept on all likely to attempt to interfere with him or do him hurt.

The " Qtago Dally Times " says ;— lt Is scarcely t<> be wondered at that the residents of Poverty Bay view with horror the Intention of Te Kootl to visit their settlement' It is absurd to apprehend any danger to the people of Poverty Bay from Te K^otl's delt, bat we shou'd apprehend aonid danger to Te Kooti himself. It is difficult to sco how the Government otn exercise any compulsion upon his movements, bat we take it for granted thac they have done all that is possible to prevail upon him to abandon an intention which may lead to euoh serious oonsequeneei. The "Now Zealand Times' 1 (Wellington) cays:— A former Ministry m the exerotee of its dlacre'i n deemed it proper to recommend the pardon of Te Kootl. He Is now as free from legal attaint as la his Excellency tbe Q vernor or the venerable Primate. He Ib entitled to the law's protection, and the Government are bound by their predecessors' action to see that he It protected to the utmost m all his rights as a sabjlct 0? the Queen It is not to be tolerated that a handful of settlers m a remote part of the oolony I shall take upon themselves to nullify the Ruyal pardon. We truit the Government will apt with ur{l nohing firmness In this troublesome affair, and wll} gcmpel dge ; respect to be paid to the law, regardless of persons. And as we remarked at starting, it should be made known as widely as possible that there Is no danger of any disturbance being originated by Te Kooti i or his follower*, but that the §ole risk of trouble lies In the lutemperate and lewless spirit evlnoed by the European settler*.

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2070, 22 February 1889

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2070, 22 February 1889

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