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Tragedy in New Guinea

FURTHER PARTICULARS. ' Cooktown, September 30. The Harrier has arrived liege, Signor Loria, afler a sixteen months' successful collecting tour, returns to Italy by the Jumna. He intends to resume work m New Guinea nexfc year. Signor Lori* brings full particular* of the discovery byMr A.. C. English, the Government agent; at Rigo, that the late George Hunter, whom he succeeded at that place, did not die of fever, as was supposed, .but was foully murdered by his native' \fcfe, her paramour, "a Parishan," anothef,native woman, and five other natives!.'! Mr English was instructed, on- being" appointed Gqv*fnnient agent, to hold an inquiry into the circumstances connected with Hunter's death. Ha discovered thst M«v> Hunter's native wife, together with her lover, concocted" a scheme to get rid of' Hunter, who at the time, was'very, il! fror»\ JTerer. The following are the parfcfeulars : - Vetakooro, Huhter's Station boy, went into the room where Hunter was lying ill, and offered to squeesae and rub his aching bead with the palm? of his hands, this, custom being very prevalent among the natives for the treatment of and pains. Hunter acquiesced, and the boy pretended to do so,' placing his body m such a position that Hunter could not see the murderers entering the room. Mov, his wife, suddenly seised him by the throat. The other native woman -threw herself across his abdomen, pressing with all her might on his body, IW others. assisting by holding the struggling man down 5 while the> women suffocated Mid strangled him. Hunter, although veryweak, seized atoraabawk. and inflicted ■light wounds oh some of his murderers Vetakooro then told. Mot; to.sw^ke tea to the morning and take it to Hunter. She was then to pretend to discover his death and commence her lamentations, whereupon he would tor screaming and wailing through Kaj^k Kapa villajj*, where the murder w perpetrated,' ' This was done, but fck,B secret leaked out, and the villagers hunted Mov out of the village, and proiceeded to Pqrl Moresby with. Banter's body. English haying identifieel'^ll the murderers, who we're living- m 'the three villages, divided his force of sixteen men. j into "three partijat* and', apeceedqd m capHuring eve*^ one of *tnA». 'This was a tliifticult o})eratiou, but was succeis■4\Hfy carried 1 ftito elfeet.' English brought eight prisoners to Port Moresby, where they ' w«*o i tried before Judge Winter. Mov mid another native woman, Vetakooro, the station boy, and three other men were sentenced to death, and two, others were acquitted,

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Tragedy in New Guinea, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2548, 20 October 1890

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Tragedy in New Guinea Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2548, 20 October 1890