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CHARGE AGAINST MISSIONARIES IN AFRICA.
The Loudon Echo, of 11th May, has tho following :-A pamphlet has just, been issued, malting tho most extraordi- nary charges against certain Presbyterian missionaries in Central Africa, at Blantyre, near Lake Nyassa. Tho writtr, Mr. Andrew Chirnside, F.R.G.S., says that tho statements ho makes can. bo attested on oath by oyo-witnesses, end that, in point, of fact, thoso immediately concerned novar attempted tho slightest denial when questioned on tho subject by" Mr Chirnside himself. According to tho pamphlet from which wo quote, two men were actually sentenced to death by tho missionaries for tho supposed murder of a womau. Ono escaped, but as to the other, eight natives wore told off to shoot him. Twico they fired a volley, and then, while ho was not yet dead, he was Hung into au open grave, and his brains wore blown out by a merciful hand. Tho execution has produced a kind of guerilla warfare between the missionaries und sonio of tho nativo chiefs. The writer also gives an account of a deep pit sunk.in tho ground, used ns n prison, iu which men nro kept, threo or four days together without food tir water, and ho further gives a horrible story of a negro, who was ; actually Hogged to death for theft. Ho says :-" After vc I ceiving a good deal moro then 200 lashes,'the tbreo natives
took the senseless form of their. victim down, and j dragging him into tho store, chained bim to a I post, nml left bim. Half an hour after Bismarck (a negro)
carno to the whites, and enid bo thought something was wrong : and on going'into tho store they saw the mangled corpse of what had been that morning ono of God's crea- tures Flogging with this whip is un eveiy-day occurrence -three lacis m ono day getting upwards of 100 lashes ; and it is a fact that, after being flogged on several occasions, salt has been rubbed on their bleeding backs." Thoso statements certainly njiponr incredible, but in tho interests of natives und missionaries and of tho civilization of Africa, wa trust that tho Aborigines Protection Society or somo other impartial body may mako a searching inquiry into
their truthfulness. .