TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY.
[PBB FfclSS ASSOCIATION J Auokxahd, February 25. Tbe Waltf m*ta NRvals have •ff red ■even»y-fiva men for Immediate service* on the East Coast The Premier thanVed them and said if necessary ha «ooU acoept the effar. Colonel Shepherd baa 'also offered his services, either m the fiald or to obt m Volunteers from Auckland.
The Native Minister has made erqulrlea of the Northern Steamship Company regarding a steamer, If necessary, to convey troops to the Etst Oo«t; Probably twenty*five of the permanent foro i , 'he balanea of police, and Volunteers to 100 Gibbornb, February 25. An Opotlkl correspondent wlrea that Te Kootl returned from Orawatnatn on Sunday morning, and went oat to Waioaakl pah, about clx miles Inland fr;m the township, where he la at Dresent. He la greatly 100-need at Wl Pere, on wh3te Invitation and that of hit ppop'e h<> waa going on, and order-sd him and Peka out of his wbare yesterday. He has not yet deolded at to his reply until to-night. Toe Government nhould send round a ateamer with 200 men at oi.ce. Telegrama received from the " Herald a correspondent at Opotikl yesterday, state that Te Kooti and folio irers were returnine that mornlne from Omtramutu, and had abandoned the intention of going through to Poverty Bay Resident! vialted th» Hauhanoamp at Karakara, and were well received. The Natives are reticent about Te Kootl's vlelt. Great Indignation was expressed on Saturday with the chief m camp, who wired to Opotiki advising that Te Kooti would not come, Food wst prepared to offer the troops when they pissed Karakara, but they went a different road. The troops moved forward at eleven tbii morning, and will oamp this evening at the edge of the Motn bush. Constables were sent forward to' Motu bridge, which Is well In ike bash, to prevent either Natives or JBoropeani palling without a permit. Lamb.
Settlers In Patotahl, Ormond and Tearahi districts had sentries posted and patrols oat daring last night and to-night. The Premier still remains at Ormond.
A " Herald " correspondent at the Hauhaa encampment writes that there Is muoh excitement amongst the Maoris, but no trouble is expected. A meeting was held to dlscnss tbe Gisborne meeting. As tbe ■peeohes were Interpreted tbe Haubaus ridiculed the Idea of danger. The speeches of tbe Ngatlporou oblefs were received In ominous silence. The Hauhaos decided to offar nojreslstance to Government under any oircamstaboes whatever. "If Te Kootl come, very well ; if he does not oome, very well ; if he be ehot, very well ; if angry Europeans come, very well. " Wellington, February 25.
In reference to the reported determination of Te Kootl to abandon bis visit to Poverty Bay the information received by the Government is to the effect that he yesterday retired some six miles on Opotiki, bat In doing so he stated that he was not retreating bat Intended fully to poreae his journey. A big korero was, jrawever, to be held to-day, and it was «n4eratood that his fatnre movements ironld depend on the result of this. The meeting was not over at date of latest Tbe Government steamer Stella left fare at 9 o'clook this evening for Gisborne <with * farther contingent of 25 of the permanent force. Hociixi, February 25.
In the event of the Te Kootl tonble beeomt^g serlons it m probable the looal Voltmiee" will offer their services At next Thursday I .* parade. The total force from Auckland, number* me 80 men, commanded by Captain Morriaon, of the Permanent foroe, includes nine policemen nnder Sergt Kiely. They will arrive at Opotiki to morrow morning, and march, at once to Waiuka to arrest Te Kooti by forooMf necessary, and bring him to Anckland Auckland. Febrnsry 26.
A force of 60 mcD, of whom 30 are *otanteers, embark by the Ohelmafoid fo Opoiikl at two this afternoon.
The following further information is •applied to the Obrlatchuroh "Press " by Its special correspondents. From Gisborne it la wired that on Mr Buab, KM., tnformiog'.Te Kootl that the Government had determined that he should not go, Te Kootl replied that he oould die but enee. On Sunday Te Kootl returned t/o Opotlki, and after a short stay In town •proceeded to Hlra te Pop* tbe pah, of the $Talreka and Ngatlra tribe. The latter *nd thelt eblef Are sworn friends of the ex srebel, and are reported to have a large somber of rifles and a tremendous quantity of ammunition seorated m their settlement On arrival there Te Kootl instructed his followers that neither man nor woman ■could leave tbe dlstrlet, and announced that he would not leave Opotlki for at leut two days. His followers and noreligionists are sullen and quite crest" fallen »t this apparent defeat of thta antt-Ohriit, and what tbe result *IU be It la difficult to foretell. Tbe strength of Te Kootl's camp la low estimated at not less than 800. He came Into Glaboraeon Monday morning to talk matters over with Wl Pere. He stayed for about two hours. He now asserts thai be will not be treated m this manner. Be cays be will carry out his first intention and go to Glsborne. The settlement is In a state of dread, and settlers blame the Government for their apathy. The women and children are In a panlo and are herding together for protection. From Wellington It is wired that Government news from Poverty Bay is very vague and meagre, but the general purport Is that Te Kooti is still at Opotlki and drinking heavily. It ia feared be may while m liquor commit some aot ef folly whloh might set m a blaza all the inflammable material m the locality.
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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2073, 26 February 1889
TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2073, 26 February 1889
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