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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY.

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Gisboenb, February 23.

Before giving bis decision, to etop Te Kooti, the Premier got the Vigilance Committee to disband. He then told them the Government would not allow Te Eooti to oome. Last night Sir Harry Atkinson held a Cabinet with the Ministers m Wellington, direst communication being made between the Gisborne Post Office and the Government Buildings

Wkuingtox, February 23. Mr Bush, R.M , Tauraoga, wired to the Native Department that ha and Wi Pere had an interview with Te Eooti, The j latter refused to return, for reasons already given, and said many persons bad been killed on aocount of jealousy and grudges, tbe same as Ohriet, acd he was only doing as they did. If he wag killed he could not help it Mr Bush pointed out his persistence might end m tbe death of others. He said " No ; I kill no one, nor will wy m following." After further conversation, m which Mr Bush urged him to give way to the advioe of the Government, he seemed to admit the force of the argument, but said he must go to Tnuranga to see his relations and make peaoe. Mr Bush said if ho persisted Government would be compelled to arrest him, Te Eooti said ho would be glad to be arrested by the hands of h're father, because he would then break through his own peacemaking, Mr Bush concludes " I believe he wi 1 go." . It appears be is under some religious spell, and acts as one who dooa not oare what beoomes of his body if his sonl is saved. Gisbobnb, February 24. The troops sent per the Wairarapa were not landed until two this morning. They were marched to the drill-shed, where bedding had been provided. At 530 the buglers of tho local corps sonnded the ass mbly. The townspeople then began to gather, end by 6 30, when the troops moved out of town, tbe streets presented a : crowded appearance. Tbe East Coast Hussars led them, followed by the Constabulary m vehicles, and the rear consisted of fifty Ngatiporous, who bad been sworn In and armed last nigbt. Captain Winter was io. charge of the Hussars, Captain Messenger of the Constabulary, Major Bopata of the Ngatiperon contingent, tbe whole being under Major Porter's command. A camp will be formed this evening m the vicinity of Barker's station, Potutn, gome 35 milea from town.

News was received ltit night from Opotlki that Te Kootl Intended breaking camp this moroiog and proceed towards Qisborne. The dlstanoe from where he was camped to Glsborno Is eighty-five mllea. To-morrow he will be met and ordered to return.

Wellington, Februtry 24. Residents at Opottitt have telegraphed to Government for Protection, Mr Fergus oonsldeu that the residents fear that m the event of hostilities breaking out and Te Kooti being worsted, he would In his retreat commit depredatlone at Opotlki. As the request was only reoelved to-iay no I steps have been taken. The Minister for De??QOe statei Government will not require the aMJstanca of aoy Volunteers outside Olsborne, as he ii of opinion they have sufficient there m case of enaerpenoy. By the Walrarapa Government forwarded to Gisborne a large quantity of ammunition. Auckland, Fabrnary 25. The armed constabulary of the Norjih reoelved ordeta yesterday afternoon to be In readiness to go to Gliborne. Wellington, February 25. The only information rcoeived by Government this morning Is from lapeotor Keily who states that Te gcotl has retraced his steps some miles towards < Opotlki out of deference to the wishes of the Government, but afterwards said " 1 am now going on." Ministers here do not understand that the Premier has promised to arrest Te Kooti but only that he shall not be allowed to disturb the peaoe of the dlstrfot. 500 of his friends are said to be assembled atJforakara abont 20 miles from Gisborne The total force on the maroh to Opotikl Is about 180.

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2072, 25 February 1889

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2072, 25 February 1889

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