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Patrol work in has its, humours, as well as its perils, (says the Melbourne "Age").' Judge Alurray, Lieutenant-Governor of Papua, in his recently-issued annual statement upon Papua, quotes a report furnished by Mr W. R. Humphries of a journey through part of the Papuan forest, in which the patrol .officer furnishes an amusing description of the welcome accorded tip the party by a number of wild natives in the interior--" 'These were half afraid of the patrol party at first. To gain' their, confidence Mr Humphries suggested^ifeat'ttee- natives should carry him across the river that ran at the spot. ''The poliae," he added,-.,-."were . rather alarmed when they saw a dozen men- —all armedtry to pick me up at the; one timeThey were; rather afraid' <0f touching meat first, but once the ifee was broken their excitement was intense, some of them pushing and struggling to have part of me. With bo many men holding the crossing was painful. . . 1 am a small man, and in the hands of so many during:^the"' first" crossing I felt like a childj.-in fact, I vyas. lost to sight altogether. After this there were no more whisperings and shy. glances at my revolver or rifle—we were really friends. "- After 'each crossing they put me down very carefully,'-as iL afraid I .might break. At this time.some of them even took the police swags and carried them-j while those on the nillsides began to jbin in the singing." After experiences like this it must be disappointing for patrol, officer or official to return to a (lemouratic country like Australia. ■'■■"

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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PATROLS IN PAPUA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919