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MURDER IN THE NORTHERN

TERRITORY.

[BY TSLSSBAFZ.J

(FROM OUR COHKI8PONDBNT.)

NORMANTON, FRIDAV.

News of a horrible murder by a blackfellow has beoa received from the Northern Territory, via Camooweal. On the Slst December a stockman on the Brunette Downs, named Muggleton, left his hut and proceeded to work, leaving Robert Hamil- ton behind. On returning in tho evening he found Hamilton dead in a pool of blood. Inside the hut was a butcher's knife, stuck in the blood-stained floor besido him. He went a short distance to a gunyah, where he found a 'blackfellow named Caliph, who said Hamilton kicked him in the baok, and he then killed him. Muggleton saw that the blackfellow had several wound« on the back, and waa in great pain, being unablo to move. Muggleton then wont to the head-station and reported tho occurrence to tho manager, Mr. John Roberts, a magistrate, who went with him to the scene of the murder. After holding the inquiry, Muggleton was sworn in as a special constable, and the blackfellow was given into his custody, charged with murder. Caliph, however, died on the 2nd January from the woundB in his baok. He had evidently been watching the hut until Hamilton left to fetch water, and then went in to rob the tucker-box ; but, being caught by Hamilton, he returned his attack by stabbing him. Hamilton, who was SO years of age, was a native of Warr- nambool, where his parents and relatives reside.

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