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KUCHENG MASSACRE.

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Brisbane, September s.— News has been received from China giving details of the Kucheng massacre. One of the survivors, the Rev. Mr Phillips, states he found the Rev. Mr Stewart's oldest daughter, Mildred, with a serious wound on her knee, and after dressing it attended to Herbert, the son, who had been stabbed all over the body. He found Miss Codrington in a fearful condition, and after Bfcaunobing the bleeding -vrent to the assistance of the others. The rev. gentlemau sajs he discovered the bodies of Miss Saundere, Miss Stewart, and Messrs Gordon and Marshall. The latter had been awfully cut abont, and the head | almost severed from the body. Miss Newcomb's body was at the foot of the hill in fiont of the house, where it had evidently been thrown. He alas learnt from Miss Codrington that five ladies attached to the Zenana migsion, who lived in the lower two houses which formed the Kuchengsanatorium, after futile attempts to escape, were surrounded by the Vegetarians. The ladies pleaded for their j lives, and some of the men seemed touched by their pleading, and an old man pleaded with his fellow members t« spare their lives, but the leaders ordered them to be killed. Had the ladies been able to escipe into the brushwood at the back of tie house, there scorns but little doubt their lives would have been saved.

When the attack was made Mr and Mrs Stewart were not dressed. Lena, the Irish nurse, was killed while protecting Mr Stewart's infant. The latter was injured in the eye. Nellie Saunders was knocked down at the nursery door while going to the assistance of -tho children, as the Rev. Mr Phillips afterwards found the remains of the burnt body, and he had littlo doubt it was hers. For a long time it was thought the Stewarts had escaped, but subsequently their ashes were found among the ruins in the bedroom. Dr. Gregory states that Miss Marshall's throat was frightfully hacked about, but on Miss Stewart he failed to find a wound, and thinks she died from tho shock. Mi<w Gordon received spear wounds in tho neck. Topsy Saunder's death was caused by a spear -wound in her right eye, the weapon penetrating the brain. Apparently there had been no attempt at mutilation of the bodies.

No one in or near Kucheng had any warning of tho danger, and the entire time occupied in committing the massacre did not exceed thirty minutes.

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KUCHENG MASSACRE. Taranaki Herald, Volume XLIV, Issue 10404, 5 September 1895

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