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Serious Charge Against Missionaries.

* _ > The following telegram from Adelaide, which was published in the " Argus " of the 6th in st., explains a cable message which appeared in our issue of the same date and one since received relative to the treatment of the South Australian blacks by missionaries:— i The letter below has been forwarded by the Commissioner of Police to the Minister i of Education, and Mounted Constable '. Willshire (the writer) has" been asked to report specifically upon the letter of the missionaries, which appeared in the " South Australian Register " of April 1. The communication, of which the following is a copy, is with reference to a statement made by the Rev W. Schwartze at at a meeting held on January 9 last in Adelaide. Finke River. I have the honor to inform you that since the Rev W. Schwartze's statements appeared in the " Observer " of January 11, 1890, the better class of people up here are quite indignant. They say no blacks were ill-treated, and Mr Schwartze never left the mission station, and that what he' has said he has heard from wild aborigines, who had no idea of date, day, time, or number. lam sorry to see the blacks running away from missionaries. They tell me that they are so badly treated they won't stop there. I have seen a lubra-chained to a heavy log in the hot sun at the mission station. Messrs Kemp and Schulz (missionaries) stood there with me, and asked me to tell the lubras not to go away again, which I did. George King, the mailman, has seen four or five at once with heavy chains on both their necks and their ankles, at the mission station. He has also seen the missionaries in the blacks' camp, threatening them with firearms and breaking all their spears up. King is a trustworthy man, of excellent character. I am allowed to state that the following gentlemen will answer any questions that may be asked of them in reference to the missionaries : —R. C. Warburton, manager, Eldunda ; C. Gall, J.P., manager, Owen Springs; James M'Donald, manager, Glen Helen ; and George King, mailman, Finke River. The reason no reply came to hand in reference to Mr Schwartze's assertion was that there has not been time for them to appear, and also that some of these stations do not get their mails every month, as the distance is so great. Old infirm cripples of both sexes can wander where they like, and the missionaries will not trouble «bout them, but if a boy or girl go away they ride after them with long whips and revolvers up and down the Finke. I have seen this myself. The missionaries x stated in their last annual report that they had about 100 Natives at their place, , This is not true. My camp, Glen Helen station, Ellery's Creek station, and the mission station altogether could not, 'in my opinion, raise 100 Natives. There was a letter in the " Observer" of February 15,. 1890, signed "Bushman," who said the missionaries may do some good, but there are very few blacks at their stations, and those blacks who leave their stations and get into the bush again are leaders of all the mischief, and are the greatest liars ,and blackguards amongst the blacks. This I believe to be only too true, since I am "well aware that the boys who run away from the mission station, if they cannot get employment on other stations, join the cattle killers and become notorious outlaws. I make it my business to be courteous to the missionaries, and offer to assist them in any way that lies in' my power, but at the same time it behoves me also also to look out that they do not injure me. lam desirous of doing my duty ;i!id irrrpinT irv posiiini!, (iiml T. Miorofi ■>-, unv "■.;■: '.'.> my MijMd-i-;! 1 '>!li<!i(i> for tlieu 1 perusal. [The Government have ordered a Commission of Inquiry.],

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Serious Charge Against Missionaries., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890

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Serious Charge Against Missionaries. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890