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THE EXCITEMENT INCREASING.

HOSTILE PREPARATIONS,

GisßOßire, February 29. A meeting was held last night re Te Kooti. The attendance was 800, The Mayor said he oould almost assure the meeting that Te Kootl would not oome to the settled part of the dlstrlot or within 30 miles of Gisborne. He counselled moderation.

Mr Da Latour spoke and blamed the Vigilance Committee for rousing the passions of the Ngatiporous, the most warlike tribe m the North Island, for, If they took the field against Te Kooti, ft tribal war might result disastrous to the colony and the district. Other speakers said the settlers must Bdopt means of self-preservation, and these remarks foand f*vor with the audience, who expressed great enthusiasm In their determination to resist Te Kooti's viait.

Several native ohlefa addressed (hi meeting. Wl Kaha, a Ngatipotou r said ha had had an Interview with the Premier and told him that the tribe would moater and stop Te Eootl between Opotlkl and Gisborne. Sir H. Atkinson told him th* Ngatlporoas were under Major Bapate, but the speaker said he wat a relative of Ropata's aad would never consent to T« Eootl's visiting Poverty Bay. He dliapproved of Ropata oomonting when In Wellington In 1887 to Te Kooti's visit. If he raised his haod 300 Ngatlporotii would follow him, and the Premier being In the district would not prevent bin! raising his hand.

Hasre Burn, a ohlef of a Gisborne tribe, stated that he would place 200 armed men In the field. If a rebel like Te Eootl bad been pardoned for atrocities Burely the Government oonld ' pardon loyal natives for keeping him away how that the grievance bad lasted for 21 yean, and must outweigh the fonr years pardon of the Government.

Desmond, a pikeba emissary from tha Hauhaua, attempted to read a m,euiag{i from them, bat was turned out of tfc» building amidst a scene of great nprbarJ '- A deputation from the meeting waited npon the Premier asking hta attendance, bat bedeolinedfrradmlnifltratire.reafon«k . Resolutions were passed endoriing the action of the Vigilance Committee, and • Finance Committee wai appointed to raise fnndi to equip an armed force, Sir H. Atkinson will oonilder the retoldtions of the meeting and thVevidehbe taken and give his decision, is to whit li to be done th la afternoon. ■?

Major Ropsta arrived at Globorneby thes.a. Maltl last night and bad along interview with the Premier this morning. Three hundred armed and moanted Ngatlporoua are on their nay to GUborae and are expeoted to-night or to.morroir morning. There are large namberi o! natives m the streets here. Aopata and Henare Fatae, an Icflaen'hl ohlef, conversed In the open air, tor rounded bjr orowds of natives. At th 3 termination * war song was chanted by the Maori?.

The excitement is increasing especially among the friendly Maoris. Karakara public, sohool has bean oloaed owing to. the families m the dlstrlot having left tot GisboroQ

The following telegram was sent from Opotlki at 11 a.m. to the " Herald " :— " Te Kooti is en route for Gisborne with a following of 200 men and 60 women. He entered the town this morning at 9 SO. The party marched up Ohuroh street m threes and halted at the Opotlki Hotel, where the rebel is at present having the usual refreshments. He spent last night at Waitotahl. Ou bis arrival here severs! Europeans attended at the pah to have> a look at him. They were ordered to take their hats off and stop smoking as a mark of respect due to the leader. He will be joined at Omirimotu, where he intends oamplng to-nl<e;ht, by over 'a, hundred of the Apunul natives, and will probably leave for Gisborne on Sunday. He looks npon the threats of the Qleborne people as mere bounce, and tells hit followers with confidence thai he will b» back at a certain date, to attend a meeting at Walmana,

TE KOOTI TO BE STOPPED.

Laxeb. At 4.30 this afternoon the Premier informed the Vigilance Committee that Te Kooti would not come iato the dlstrlot, and that Government would take an armed foroa to prevent him if neoeisary.

Gisbobnb, February 23. Te Kooti has replied to the telegram of the Premier telling him " You shall not com*," that he (Te Kooti) will oome. The Wsirarapa is bains; hurried past Napier to reaoh here at 7 <hls evening with armed constabulary.

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THE EXCITEMENT INCREASING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889

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THE EXCITEMENT INCREASING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889

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