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The following is one of the latest Sydney telegrams : —

A frightful murder has been committed at Maitland Bar (or Ironbark Flat), a part of the Meroo Goldfield about two miles from Avisford. Late on Tuesday night a Chinaman entered the store of Mr Ralph Lee and demanded Borne beef. Mr Lee went to. serve him, and a few seconds afterwards Mr Lee'a son George, aged nine years, heard his father call for help. The boy ran to the spot and saw his father lying on the ground and the Chinaman stabbing him. He seized the

murderous assailant by the tail, and then ran, the Chinaman following^and stabbing him. The Chinaman then ran after Mr Lee's two little girls, Amelia and Prances, aged five and a half years and four years, and stabbed them both. Amelia is since dead, and there are no hopes for the recovery of the boy. An elderly girl ran and procured the assistance of a man named George "Wheen, who, when he arrived, found Mr Lee dying, the murderer having rifled his pockets, plundered the house, and escaped. There are signs of a fearful struggle with Mr Lee, and it is believed that the Chinaman is out about his hands, as everything touched by him in the store has blood marks upon it. Mr Lee was a powerful man, and must have struggled some time ; there are, probably, some scratches on tbe murderer's neck and face. The body of Mr Lee is covered with stabs, and presents a horrible appearance. The little girl, Amelia, stated that she saw the Chinaman in the bedroom with his hands full of notes, which, doubtless, have blood marks on them. Mr Lee is supposed to have had two small chamois bags in his pockets, containing notes and silver, and these notes are likely to have blood marks on them. The only description given of the Chinaman at present is that he is small, and wore a monkey jacket and cabbage-tree hat. He will likely make for Sofala, Tambaroora, or the Macquarie.

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FRIGHTFUL MUBDEIIS BY A CHINAMAN., Wellington Independent, Volume XXIII, Issue 2699, 27 June 1868

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FRIGHTFUL MUBDEIIS BY A CHINAMAN. Wellington Independent, Volume XXIII, Issue 2699, 27 June 1868

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