Murder and Outrage by Natives.
The s.s. Wanganui, which arrived at Cooktown on the 19th ult. from Dinner Island, brings news of the murder, in October, by natives at Woodlark Island, of two beche-de-mer fishermen, Albert Ilickbury and the mate belonging to the cutter Albatross. Ilickbury went ashore to shoot pigeons. The natives made a fire to cook the pigeons, and they then treacherously murdered him with a tomahawk. . The natives went off to the cutter, presumably to trade, and wounded the mate, who was lying sick on deck. The mate frightened away the natives, lifted the anchor, and set sail but ran the boat on the reef. The natives followed, and found the man dead; with his foot on the helm. They looted the boat, took the dingy, and divided the spoils. Messrs Whitten and Solberg, of Seagull, who were the first traders who visited the island since the murder, brought the news to Dinner Island ; but the Governor being away exploring, Mr Healy refused to take steps to punish the murderers till the Governor's next visit to Samarai. The cutter Grace, owned by ** German Harry," which w-as lying at gu.desVW3 seised by natives and taken to St. Aignan. The s.s. Wanganui left Sudest, shortly after, and recovered her at St. Aignan. The natives, when the rescuing partydemanded the boat, jumped; overboard and deserted-her.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890
Murder and Outrage by Natives. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2391, 2 April 1890
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