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Gisbobns, February 26. The sit nation is regarded as becoming more serious The Premier stopped public and Press telegraphic communication with Opotiki las"' night. Ropata sent for a re« Inforcement of twenty-five Ngatiporous, who are m Gisborne. It is not known whether the whole tribe will be called out. A number of Volunteers left G sborne this morning fo join the expeditionary force.* g

A private telegram reaohed here from Opctikithis afternoon, stating that there no danger now. Te Kooti is going back to Waikate to day or to morrow. The troops did not leave camp till ten last night, thongh o dors for marching had been given and countermanded twice dor* iDg the day The Premier arrived at oamp at eight last night. After two hours' consultation with the officers, he addressed the force, thanking them, on behalf of the colony, for coming oat at the call of duty, and said that it was not a military expedition, but one to vindioate the law of the country, specially thanking -Ropata and the Ngatiporous for previous services. The f oroe theu marched towards Mola.

Wellington. Februsry 26. Ministers hrre are unaware of anything seiious having occurred on the East Ooait, but think the embargo has been laid on the wires jnerely to prevent Te Kooti's followers communioating with him, which they are known to have been doing freely. Napibb, Febrotv? 26.

Captain Gartney, of the Artillery, telegraphed to the Defence Minister, to-day, offering the services of fifty men, and claiming priority of claim on the ground that nearly all are veterans, and many have fought on the East Coast, bo knowing tbe country well. The Minister replied to the effect that be did not anticipate necessity for a further force, but if required he would accept tb«ii service!. The naval volunteers, at a parade to-night, also decided to offer their services.

Auckland, February 26. The Volunteers were seen off this after* noon for Opotiki by a crowd of several thousands Muoh enthusiasm was displayed. The police from the suburbs and country districts have been called into Auckland duriug the absence of the polioe detachment.

ThaxbSj February 27. Lieut. Potts, of tbe Thames Naval Artillery, to-day telegraphed to the Minister of Defence as follows :« "Should you require the Thames Navals foe active eervloe on the East Coast they are ready." This afternoon the following reply was received :— •' Gratified to hear the Thames Navals are ready for aetlv* servioe and trust tbe steps already taken will bo sufficient without calling on mora forces.— T. Fergus." ■ •

WeUunotok, February £7. Although it is not definitely known, the Government have an opinion that To Eooti will leave for Walk* to to-day, aod the whole scare will be at an end If Ta Kooti will ditband his following and leave the district quietly the Government will not interfere with him m any way bat allow him to go to his home m Waikafy. The latest Information received, ' O y ths Government seems to show that it Is nofc at, all certain yet that Te KoQti Intends to return. His statemanta «*• vsgoe. The Auokland contingent had not arrived at Opotlkl at 11 a.m., though It was exported muoh earlier. ■

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2074, 27 February 1889

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