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PERTH, April 7. Mr Frank Harm, the well known prospecting explorer, has given an extraordinary account of an attack made by blacks on him when out on a Government expedition, 250 miles from Laverton.

Meeting four naked blacks, without arms, he took them to his camp and gave them a billy of boiled rice and raising, and another of much sweetened tea. He then took one of them to help him to get water, and after obtaining it tied a piece of turkey red round the waist of the water-finder, and a white handkerchief round his neck.

On breaking camp, he had ridden in advance two miles, when, glancing behind, upon emerging from a rnulg.i. clump, he saw a native with a red band launching a spear at him.

Harm says: "I bent low, and my mare threw up her head, and nearly stove my face in. The spear just grazed my back. The black made a bolt for the cliff. I turned and had a shot, and heard a yell. I was successful in cutting him off frbm the cliff, although suffering severely from the pain in my face. The other three then faced mc with their spears. The leading one missed mc with a woomerab. I escaped, and taking the opportunity, I made my escape, but the blacks had reached the cliff. The idea must, hav.e been to kill mc, and then Messrs Plumpridge and Talbot (who suspected nothing), and take possession of tbe outfit. Had I sliot the black with the red band I would have cut his head off, and sent the skull to Mr Broekman, of Perth, who asked mc to send him one, as s friend of his in London wanted one. I was sorry I could not send him the four, but later on I got him a splendid one. We seemed to have struck a bad lot of blacks on the jour-ney-—ones I have not seen before. Later, when cleaning out a soak in the Brown Range, I had another providential escape, as on turning I saw a black with a spear aimed at mc. My rifle was 20ft. away, but, happily, no harm was done."

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ADVENTURES WITH BLACKS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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ADVENTURES WITH BLACKS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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