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Otoeohakga, April 2. Otorohanga was very lively last night. A number of natives being in the township, European and native dances were in progress, while in the Public Hall Mr Mitchelson held a meeting with the natives, the Governor being also present. The meeting-was very important in one respect, A number of years ago it was the Government who urged the Maoris to allow roads to be made and work to be done in the King Country, and at that time a man would be shot for attempting |uch-worlf,'' Lasib night, on the contrary, it was the Maoris who pleaded with the representative of the Government to make roads, bridge rivers, and construct cattle sidings, So far as railway matters, went, Mr Mitchejson said he would lay them before the Commissioners; the other requests were promised consideration. The meeting will be continued to-night, when individual grievances will be discussed,

' The Governor and Lady Onslow have brought with them a staff of attendants and a large tent. The vice-regal party therefore camped out for the night in the tent, and also used some of the railway carriages, Messrs Whitaker, Mitohelson, and other guests stayed at the comfortable little hotel in the village. It is stated in the address that Lord Onslow was the first Governor who crossed the aulcati line and visited the King Country, This is true 1 only so far as the period since the war is concerned. Before the Avar, Sir George Grey was repeatedly through the whole of this country, and occasionally was accompanied by Bishop Selwyn. At that- time the natives htid made much industrial progress, and had their own flour mill's, but after the war they fell back into their old style of' idleness, "■'''

The expedition from Wellington to view. ,the proposed route, of the North Island, Main Trunk Railway is expected to reach Parotarao tunnel on the Bth or 9th, and will return down the Wanganui River ( under.the guidance of Mr Hursthouse, who is here.

f The weather this morning ;s again beautifully fine, The Governor and party are just about setting out on horseback for the remarkable Waitomo Oaves.

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THE KING COUNTRY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2392, 3 April 1890

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THE KING COUNTRY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2392, 3 April 1890

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