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Europeans Attacked by New Guinea Blacks.


Thursday Island, May 14.

The mainland natives have made a mur-1 derous attack on Pitt's beche-de-mer station at Haggerstone Reef. The lugger Alice arrived early this morning with 1 Charlie Burstow and Dan Maynard, seriously injured. They reported that Pitt must have been murdered, but Pitt came in a few hours afterwards sailing the lugger Annie, with a dingy in tow, having been alone since Monday, without food or sleep. Pitt states that' when on board the Island lightship on Sunday afternoon, the native creAV cleared away with the cutter, but as he had intended to anchor under a r sandy bank, he suspected nothing until Monday morning, when, the cutter being still away, he then borrowed the lightship's dingy and proceeded to the station at Haggerstone Reef, which he found deserted. When he.Kwent aboard the lugger Annie, which was anchored there, he found the cabin all besmeared with blood, and tomahawk cuts on the hatches and scuttle. Several broken stingaree spears were lying about, also human teeth, hair, and brains. Mr Pitt got the Annie underweigh single-handed, and proceeded to the Reef station, which he found deserted. He realised at once what had happened, and started for Thursday Island, which he reached this morning. Pitt concludes from the state in which he found the lugger Annie, that a kanaka named Charlie Weir, who also was asleep aboard, had been struck with the spear which he found lyinc; below, and when he put his head out of the hold he must have been struck with a tomahawk, and the body then thrown overboard. Weir's loaded revolver was found lying intact, and evidently he had had no time to defend himself. Pitb now fuels certain from what occurred on the cutter while he was asleep going to the lkhtshii-., ■ " .'■'*■■ . " ' ■' until affci ' i' . ' ■ ■ ... ': >'■ ;■. He strongly denounces the Government for not taking steps to secure the men who committed the previous murders in the same locality. The men evidently sailed the cubtor to Batavia River, which is their home. Inspector Marrett was sent to search for them.

Charles Burstow states that about three o'clock ■on Monday morning he was awakened by hearing Dan Maynard crying out. He jumped up and put his head out of the scuttle, and immediately received a shower of spears on the left side of the head. T\:.-. >!■■■ "■ '\\\ him close ±o-

gether, !", i.i.1;' 1 i:i.- ii"i ear aiid' eye. While taking them out another struck the back of his neck, which he was forced to b'roak (before be could go below again. He snatohed up a'Colfc's repeating rifle, whicli was loaded, and soon_ cleared the deck. Maynard had been asleep' on deck when he was struck by a: tomahawk across the right eye, and when he rose he fell overboard through giddiness, but his wife a native woman, jumped in and rescued him. He was then put below, and attended to as well as possible. After daylight Maynard's wife found Pitt's revolver, which the latter always carried in his belt, Burstow then concluded that Pitt was also murdered. Burstow sailed to the stations on the reef, cutting off the murderers in the cutter, who attempted to reach the station to take the gins away. Burstow took the gins aboard, when his lugger, started for Thursday Island, where he arrived this morning. The murderers could be seen- beating about all day evidently trying to get northward. Dr Salter, who is attending both Burstow and Maynard, drew the spear from the former's neck. He is not dangerously injured, but Maynard is almost beyond recovery.

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Europeans Attacked by New Guinea Blacks., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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Europeans Attacked by New Guinea Blacks. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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