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An Island Massacre

Some months ago we heard by cable message from Australia of the massacre at Minatotfca Island, on the New Guinea coast, of the crew of the cutter Ysabel. The sad news, has since been fully confirmed, and the particulars published in the Australian papers. The massacre took place as long back. as August last year. When the cutter, arrived' at the island, the natives at first seemed friendly, but one day, as a party on shore were returning to the vessel, they^ were set upon by a horde of natives and murdered. Those on board the cutter tried to escape by slipping their anchor, and running out to sea, but the wind failed them,, and six heavy war proas dashedalongside,andthe crew, to a man, were exterminated.- The bodies were afterwards eaten, and the heads exposed on posts. The victims of the massacre were Captain John. Cundee Warltere^iged 29, who leaves W widow and two children ; Mr W. E. Hope, unmarriedj aged 42: Mr Hodley Cottrell, unmarried, aged s}or; and Mr:WVE. Fitzgerald Spencer, a nephew oiEarl Spencer, aged 28, ,probahly unmarred;. and two Australian aboriginals.' Captain John Strachan, of the schooner Enyy;j has, been j. twice to Minatotta since the massacre occurred, and has ascertained every detail from the natives ; themselves,, beings well acquainted with their language.;,? Captain Strachan also ; swears to having.-.-seen a peculiar gold seal ring, known to h»ve been ,worn by Capt.-WarHJers, ;on,i^he^and of the Raj ah; of Mmaj»tte'siayorite^ife.; This ring he has promised, if possible; ife>.ipro-. cure on. his return.. M.M-S., Cordelia waa sent • to,.Dutch«New^: GuiiieavjtltJblKwko searching enquiries, -. butrjißa-oTirtMJied, having failed to get any intelligence of the Ysabel. Thelizzieandthe Elseaj^from Cooktown, are also missirig/and ■ •re'^upposed to; have jmet the sam^ fa^e as the Ysabel at two Islands called Skirwa and Feloma, nob 20 ; miles from Minatotta. The number of their' crews has not yet been ascertained. „,,_..,„„,. ■,

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An Island Massacre, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890

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An Island Massacre Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890