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THE SOLOMON ISLANDS,

The later-tribal massacres Unlob haw taken plaoe lately la the Solomon group have been of the most horrible kind. When the aohooner Enterprise left San Obrlatoval on the 18th ultimo fighting was rife at several of the group, notably Savn, Qoadaloanar, and at San Ghristoval. Thirty men, women, and children, were massacred la a ilngle village at one onslaught. Annoyed at the petty robberies* of their pfgs and other belongings by the "busbmen," or .men from tb.6 Interior of the islands, the ooaatal tribes at the islands named were making raids upon the villagers inland, killing many, and capturing alive eunalderabie numbers of women w4 their families; Oannibalitm still oontinueß to be rampant amongst them. The men taken prisoners In the raids now reported were m many instances afterwards killed, cut op m pleoes, and roasted, after whioh they would be packed m leaves and oarried. la canoes from place to place foe distribution* The boys and girls and th* women are usually disposed of by sale or barter. Slavery m its very worst form is) at this day as openly praotiaed m the group as any bygone period, Snob la the testimony of white traders, Many of the poor helpless creatures, m these times of bloodthirsty Incursions, would gratefully* avail tbemselvss of any means of escape from the particular island at whlob the outrages are proceeding, and some of them besought tbe master of the Enterprise for this purpose, but he was not In a position* to take them m his veasek Recruiting labor for the Queensland plantations I* to. some extent oarried on at the Solomon* group, and the present would seem to ba a most opportune time for the visit of such vessels as are employed m ibat business. The young natives, male and femaie, are neither bad featured nor. hopelessly vicious, and they are said' to 'be quite capable of being trained to follow useful occupations. : The staple trade with tha Solomon Is* lands, the trade, m copra la reported to have suffered to some extent by the tribal fights that are being unfortunately oarried on at one or two, of the principal place* m the group.. The attaok made upon a village is invariably followed by letting fire to every building therein, and aa many of these are storerooms containing large quantities of oopra, the destruction bai been very considerable. It is said that were it not for this reverse In the export trade m the Solomons, the oopra season this year would have been tha best sseu there, the. produutlon of the article havto? been engaged m by the natives to a. very mn.ohla.rgei latent iat»ty*.t aoyfpitiflom.

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THE SOLOMON ISLANDS,, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889

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THE SOLOMON ISLANDS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889

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