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"Visit of tlie Governor.

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'/',".. Mptcpt, April 1. Thia morninga special train left for Otorohanga in the King Country, the ecene of the proposed large Native meet-. / ing, The party consisted of pis Excellency the, Governor and, I<ady Onslow and Buite,Mr. Frederick and Misses Whitaker, I the Hon Mr Mitchelson, the Mayor of Auckland, and others. The trip was important, inasmuch as this is the first time the Governor has crossed the aukati o,f the King Country. The party expect to reach Otorohanga abbu^ 2.30. p,m, The meeting commences soon ftfter the' Governor's arrival. Large numbers' of leading Chiefs and Natives of the principal tribes have already assembled, and it is expected that Wahanui, Taonuj, Rewi, and other leading \vill bo present. To-morrow the recently discovered. TVajptomo caves will be visited. Plenty of people are proceeding thither on horseback and in canoes. The following day other sights of the King Country will, bo inspected, and the party rgtuvns to town about Friday, Hamilton, April 1. A horsebox on the Governor's special train took fire near Frankton when thy train was going at the rate of 35 miles an hour. Both the horses which it contained were rather b;\dly burnt before they were released. The loose straw in the box had ignited, blazing up around the bodies of the animals. Otobohanca, April 2. The only matter of general importance dealt with at the meeting last night was a request to remove the restrictions from the whole of the King Country, an area of six million acres, so that the natives may deal with ifc as they please. At present only the Government have power to deal for any of these, lands. Mr Mitchelson said the Government could not think of granting the request on any consideration, and refused to entertain the proposal. Wahanui, who followed, said Mr Mitcholson was quito right in refusing and that the desire to remove the restriction from the country was not general, ■

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THE KING COUNTRY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890

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THE KING COUNTRY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890

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