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By the arrival of one of Mr Farrell’s boats in Meoka, from Berara, New Britain, news have been received of a terrible outrage. A Fijian teacher’s wife and two children on a Sunday evening left their home to visit their neighbor, a teacher, about three miles from their residence, where they arrived took some refreshment, and started for home again, but never reached it. The husband having made every search that possibly could be made, without finding any traces, eventually gave it up, coming to the conclusion that his wife must have gone out of her mind and got lost in the bush ; but the sad truth has come to light. It seems that the natives, seeing the women and children alone, attacked them, murdering the two children at once, but only wounding the woman with a spear; she finally got out of their sight in a thick bush. The children were placed in baskets, and taken to the native camp, where they were roasted for their horrible feast, and eaten by the natives. The teacher’s wife subsequently arrived at Rouluana, merely a living skeleton, after roaming about for eighteen days in the bush.

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CANNIBALISM AT NEW BRITAIN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 633, 11 May 1882

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CANNIBALISM AT NEW BRITAIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 633, 11 May 1882

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