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The " Neo Oatedonlen " of November 7 oontalDH some particulars with regard to the escaped oonviots, or bushrangers, In the Boulaparl dlstrlot of New Caledonia. It appears that a few days before the date mentioned, a band of these mlsoreants •ttaoked the Dezunaulda estate, aad robbing one of the outbulldiugs oarried away with them arms, ammunition, and other artloles likely to be of nse to them, A kanaka observed the robbery, and repaired to Boulaptrl for help. The gendarmes arrived at the station, aooom* panled by an Inspector, who hoped to captare these lost ebeep. Of oonrse, before the arrival of the poiloe, the bnahraogera had disappeared, but oertaln signs they had left led to the belief that they intended to return. A counoil of war was held, and the little troupe decided to conceal themselves m the hut, making a sort of mousetrap of it. Meanwhile another person had gone as far as La Foa to inform tbe gendearmea of what had transspired at the Dczirnaulds station. The gendarmes started, and arrived rather late m the evening, and peroefving a light m the hut whioh had been ransacked m the morning, imagined that the bushrangers were there, They approached with etoalthy steps so as Dot to alarm too soon the game they believed osoght In tbe trap, but reached the door «t last. One of them knocked, and suddenly the door opened, and a man appeared m the opening. Tha gendarme who had knooked had a revolver m his hand, and he fired point-blank upon the unfortunate m*n who appeared, without taking time to notloa who he was, or give him any warning, and he fell. It was at one apparent that a fearful blunder had been committed. The gendarme who had Seed believed he had killed the inspector — for it was he who had rooeived the ball— and turned the muzzle of his weapon to his own breast to punish himself for bis want of olrcamiip«>»- • tlon, »nd tboao around had bareTy-eftne to avert the stroke or disarm him. However, the inspeotor was not dead. The bullet struck the jawbone, which It traversed and Joit itself, no one yet knows where. The escaped oonviota are now more numerous and audaolous and more threatening, since they are banded together, and are furnished even with firearms. The press demand that a battuo should be made over all the territory where the bushrangers are said to be most numerous. Before long the colony will be nothing but an Immense out-throat place, where there will be no security f oi aoyonp.

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BUSHRANCING IN NEW CALEDONIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2011, 12 December 1888

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BUSHRANCING IN NEW CALEDONIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2011, 12 December 1888