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THE IRISH DELEGATES.

THEIR RECEPTION AT AUCKLAND.

AUCKLAND, November 4,

The Iri&h delegates reached Auckland by the mail steamer Zealandia last ntyht, and were accorded a,post enthusiastic) welcome. Tlie steamer drefr alongside the pier Jtist at dusk, and some, thousands of people were in waiting. The Reception Committee went on board and formally welcomed the delegates. As Mr Dillon ascended the gangway of the steamer in company with the Hon. ,T. A. Tole and others, crowds on the wharf recognised him, and a scene of wild enthusiasm followed. Mr Dillon walked to the nearest carriage; followed by the eeowd, .cheering tHbriiselves hoarse, wliilofc Sir Thomas Esmondc and Mr Deasy had to struggle through in company with their friends and the Committee. Along the route the procession was followed by numbers of men, women, and children, many of them running the whole of the way in their anxiety to see the delegates. The crowd assembled in the street outside the Star Hotel, and cheered Mr Dillon and his colleagues as they alighted. Cheers were given again and again, and eventually Mr Dillon came out on to the balcony and addressed the multitude. In the course of Ills speech he said : "I am deeply giateful to you for your kindness in coming down to-night to greet me and my colleagues with so much warmth and enthusiasm on this the first time we have landed on the soil of New Zealand. You can easily understand how great an encouragement it is to us—fighting as we are in a very severe troublesome find that at the opposite side of the globe we have so maßy friendly and warm friends in the great cause in which we are engaged.—(Cheers.) I have seen very little of this country, but have recognised amongst the crowds not only the voices of my own countrymen—and I shall always expect to find friends amongst them wherever I go—(loud cheers)—but I fancy that I have also recognised the voices of some who are not Irish, who came here from a disinterested and a noble spirit of sympathy to show that although they were not Irish they had the heait to sympathise with a just and honest cause ; and I thank them all the 1 more heartily because it was more disinterested in them to come and meet us than it would have been if they had Irish blood in their veins."

To-day three addresses will be presented to the delegates—one from the ptiblic who are favorable to Home Rule ; another from the Auckland branch of the Hibernian Society ; and a third from young colonials. The Ladies' Reception Committee will also give three handsome presents. Two of these are greenstone paper knives. In the course of conversation, Mr Dillon said ho would take the opportunity of witnessing some of the scenery of New Zealand when he had finished his political duties. He had long wished to see New Zealand. He had read a lot about it, but he never thought that he would come to this colony until three months ago. He proposed to arrive in Dunedin after the Exhibition. He was anxious to see it, but, as he intended to hold a meeting in Dunedin, he would not go there until some time after the Exhibition had opened. Mr Dillon said he knew nothing of the cablegram recently received here stating that a Home Rule seat was beiDg obtained for Sir George Grey. He undoubtedly considered Sir George a Very remarkable man. De had read his views on Home Rule and other questions whilst in Australiai The delegates did not speak to any of the Premiers or public men on the subject of their mission. It was the public that they (the delegates) wanted.

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THE IRISH DELEGATES., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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THE IRISH DELEGATES. Issue 8055, 4 November 1889

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