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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY.

[PEB PJtBSS ASSOCIATION ] Gisbobnk, February 27. The " Herald's" Opotiki correspondent wires :—" Daring all day yesterday T» Kootl reroaioed m the pah suffering a »•• oovery from bis big < drank, 1 and waiting the return of Home menengeri he had sent through to Poverty Biy. He sent oa» aw»y 00 Thursday last expsotlog to hear from him by wire, and v* he did not, h« sent another after him on Saturday* Nothing w«s heard from the latter so he■eDt a small body of 12 men on Monday and heard nothing from them. He thereupon got quite uneasy. A force of armed men are on the Opltlki— Ormond road, and the probability Is that these messengers were not permitted to return, and] as the wires intended for him never reaohed him he win kept m Ignorance of what was going on. However, a meuengtr . arrived from Glsborno last night, who has evidently eluded the sentries. How It It. going to affeot him no one yet knows-. A considerable foroe of men are expeotad at Ohlwa today to be located there and a> contingent of Ngatfporons Is expected by the road so that wo expect that before thw day is over sorao deoialve step will be taken. The whole lettlemeot is In ■ great state of alarm." The Stella arrived here at daylight. Neither arms nor forces have been landed yet, bat are now watting orders from the Premier. It Is not known whether they will be landed here or sent ontoOpotikt. ; Scott, a member of the Permanent Artillery while on the march yesterday suffered an attsok of heat apoplexy and was carried baok to Lome station and attended by Dr Pollen, The Ngatlporoosv and Hussars have gone on through the* bush and Te Kootl'a arrest Is expeoted today. A telegram from Opotlkl thli evening states that the troop from Glsborne ha» arrived. The Auckland foroe has also been landed, Te Kootl will be arrested without trouble. The Stella Is still In Poverty Bay waiting Instructions from tho Premier, who is still up country. The men and stores have not been landed yet. bat the excitement is calming down. We expeot to hear that all will be ended to-morrow. Wkkmnotok, February 27u The Defense Minister has received numerous offera from Volunteer, oorpe throughout the oolony, offering. ajsbtanet to Government m case it |« reaotred on the East Ooast. KepHe. harTLeii wot thanking the dorps, bat declining their offers a. Ik la thought no outside aid I* required, _. „ „ ArcKLAHD, February 28* The "Btar's" ipeo ial reporter Interviewed Te Kootl In oamp last night and asked his Intentions. Te Kootl itated Positively that he .*?oa!d settim So Walkato to-day. Te Kootl looked bloated and nervous. The attitude of (ba Natives has oompleted altered since tne Government sent a force to disperse the gathering, Mnjor Porter, with the force from. Glsborne, yesterday afternoon prooeeied to Onaaramuta pah, where Te Koo'a wb» said to be. He found the place almost deserted. Te Koofci had gone t 0 Waikeho pah. MsJTT Porter's foroe t^eo marched: Into Opotlkl, where the contingent front Auckland was oampVa and temalnd therelast night. Mr MUohelson.hss jast received the following telegram: " Tne combine* foroe marohed on Wakebo at 6ve o'clock this moorDlnar, under MejV Porter from Uleborne. When near the pah they were met by Te Kootl's followers, upwards of 800 men. Major Porter advanbed with Wi Pere and negotiated with th.m. The Natives Informed htm that Te Kootl had left for Walkato, taking only bis women and two or three men with him." Thai Government have not yet deoldet* whether the troops are to follow m pursuit of Ts> Kootl. At the Interview with SJr Basis yesterday Te Kootl promised fa return to Waikato. Rewl Msnlopoto has telegraphed to Mr W. J. Napier, solicitor, Instructing him to defend Te Kootl if the latter b» arrested. Opotixi, February 261 The whole military foroe left Opotlkl at 4 this morning for the pah, six miles oak where Ie Kootl wan yesterday. Oa theft arrival ■ foroe of 900 Natives were on the road mounted awaiting them. Majoi Porter rode forward and was told that Te Kooll had left during the night by the Inland traok for the Walkato oountry* The Natives were pot under temporary arrest but say they are returning bom* The troops marohed baok to town and Major Porter is wiring the Premier for tort'notlons. It will not be possible to follow Te Kootl on the track he has gone> by but tho troops may be ordered to Walkato. Bpeolal telegrams from Opotlkl (Feb« 270 *° the " Press," state that tho Maoris: had been oomlng and going all day, and that Te Kootl'a movements were very suspioloui. It was rumored that he had decided to leave for Glaborne. Following is given as a list of the troops who arrived at Gisborne yesterday, vis., per Ohelmsford from Auokland :— 31 permanent artillery, 40 Auokland naval artillery (Captain Parker), 25 Ponionby navals (Captain Millar), 11 Waltem.ia artillery, 3«A battery of Signalling Corps, under Sergeant-Major Campbell, making a total of 80 Volunteers and 31 Permanent Force* Overland from Gliborne:— 6B East Coast Hussars, uDder the command of Captain Winter; 12 constables, ander Sergeant-. Major Bnllen ; 55 Ngatlporoo, tradst Major Ropata; all under the command of Major Porter. The arrival of the troops relieved the settlers from a great amount of anxiety *

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2075, 28 February 1889

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TE KOOTI'S JOURNEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2075, 28 February 1889

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