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Attacked by Blacks.

Two serious outrages by blacks are reported from North Queensland, The first was committed near Herberton. A. P. Thomas, a now arrival from New South Wales (the manager of the Pioneer Cheese Factory, Flaggy Creek), was lying on a bunk reading shortly before dinner, when he was struck in the faco twice with an axe, inflicting fearful wounds. Springing up he found four or five blacks in the room, and after a severe Btiuggle, in which he received further wounds in the arm and back, he wrested the axe from the blacks, who fled. Thomas succeeded in reaching the next settler's house in a fainting condition, and was brought to the Herberton Hospital. His condition is very critic*!. The outrage caused gieat alarm amongst the settlers, as the place is only seven miles from Herberton. A telegram from Cooktown states that Edward Watson, aged twenty-one, a grandson of Mr Watson of Wodonga, Victoria, was killed by the blacks. He had been mustering on Mr Fox's Pine Tree Station, at thb head of the Archer lliver, and was sleeping in a hammock on the front verandah of the hut. James Evans, a stockman, was sleeping in the back verandah. The blacks stabbed Watson in the throat, and at the same time hit Evans with an axe, breaking bis jaw, and inflicting a wound 4in long. Watson bled to death in two hours. Evans is likely to recover. The blacks were only let on the station a few weeks ago at Watson's request, and two bales of blankets are now on the road up for them.

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Attacked by Blacks., Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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Attacked by Blacks. Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889