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The Murders on the Nogoa - News of Mr. Walker's
party - The Shaw Island Murders Immi- gration to Keppel Bay; public meeting -
The new district of Mitchell- The blacks at Rockhampton - Discovery of Gold at Peak Downs - Public meeting anent the massacre of Mr. Wills and party - Customs Revenue for October-The Weather -Probable traces of some of the Nogoa murderers; the first stroke of vengeance; &c, &c., &c.
Nineteen Persons Murdered
(from our own correspondent.)
Intelligence reached Rockhampton on the 22nd instant of a most dreadful murder by the blacks of nineteen white people, at Mr. Wills' station on the Nogoa, 300 miles out from town. The melancholy tidings were first conveyed to Mr. Gregson, at Rainworth station, by two of the men in Mr. Wills' employ, who were shepherding near the scene of slaughter, but fortunately escaped with their lives. Kenny has made a written account of the facts, so far as he knew them, to Mr. Gregson. A messenger from Mr. Gregson brought the news to this town. Little is known of the details of the tragedy; at present I can only give an outline. The man Kenny was one of the two who escaped, and he states that on the evening of the 17th ultimo, he was returning with his sheep to the station, when he met " Paddy" (whom I suppose to have been Patrick Mahoney), another shepherd, who had been tending the rams. Paddy greeted him with the words, " There has been slaughter here today." Kenny went up to the station, and there behold the explanation of Paddy's statement. Lying weltering in their blood, he saw those who, that very morning, were in the vigor of life - the aged proprietor (Mr. Wills, senior) - the husbands with their wives - the children with their parents! Kenny saw the bodies of nineteen! and at once mounted a horse and rode off to Rainworth -not knowing what had become of Paddy or the other five that were absent. You may rely upon the correct- ness of the following list of the individuals composing the staff at Nogoa::-
SEEN LYING DEAD.
Mr. Wills (senior).
Mr. and Mrs. Baker
Elizabeth and David Baker.
Iden Baker (boy, five years old). - Baker (infant, 7 months).
Patrick and Mrs. Manyon. Mary Ann Manyon (8 years old). Maggie Manyon (4 years old).
- Manyon (infant, 3 months old). George Ling.
Charles Weeden. George Elliott. Tom -.
SUPPOSED TO BE ALIVE.
Mr. Wills (junior).
James Baker (Overseer's son). William Albrey.
(The three last-named were absent from the scene of slaughter with a dray, having gone to fetch some loading left on the road).
Edward Kenny. John Moore.
(These two were engaged about the station when the massacre occurred, but escaped to Gregson's.)
(Patrick Mahony (who was asleep in the long grass, when awakened by the noise of blows from nullahs, but kept quiet until help arrived).
Lieutenant Cave was on the Dawson
patrolling with the troopers at Living's sta tion when he heard of the affair, and in the
middle of the night he hastened off with eleven troopers and reached the Nogoa two days after the, occurrence. Mr. Living also found a party to go and look after the pro perty. From the attitudes of the corpses they were evidently taken by surprise; one of the women had a needle and sewing materials in her hands. Mr. Wills, junior, is the celebrated Victorian cricketer, well
known in all the colonies.
A gentleman has just arrived from the Victoria River who fully confirms the pre- vious statements, and informs us that Mr. Gregson's party overtook some of the mis- creants at dawn one morning, revelling in their blankets and ill-gotton booty. The
party managed to get one discharge at the wretches, when they all bolted up a steep
range, till the sight of the white's destroying their spears and boomerangs, which were splendid in appearance, drew them down upon their little band, who wisely retreated, fearing, they might be cut off from their horses, which were left a mile and a half from the scene of action.
This gentleman fell in with Mr. F. Walker, two days' journey from the Alice River. The horses looked well, and party in high spirits. Mr. Walker desired to be reported.
A subscription has been opened here for the expenses : of a party, bonded by Mr. P. F. Macdonald, of Yaamba, who have gone out to protect the stock, and assist the survivors.. Mr. Wills, senior, was well known, here, and very much respected. He was not devoid of prudence and caution, nor was he known to be anything but kind to the aborigines.
According to Kenny's statement, the blacks were- allowed to come too near the station, although it is surrounded by fine open country.; Mr. Wills had not been three weeks
on the spot before the massacre occurred.
The Ellida arrived from Port Denison on the 25th' ultimo. By her arrival we learn that the Commissioner, accompanied by
Lieutenant Williams and a party of troopers, proceeded to Shaw's Island, and made
attempts get at the natives, but the wily rascals-managed to escape to inaccessible parts of the island. The bodies of the unfor
tunate victims were found and decently interred. A few rags of clothing were all the reliics of the deceased that were found in the camp. Before the trooper's left, they destroyed the natives' canoes and spoiled their camp's poor revenge for the lives of two good men.
We also learn through the same source
that a Mr. Humphries who went out from Bowen with a party to look for runs, had separated from the party on their return, and
had not since been heard of.
By the Government Gazette I perceive that Mr. Frederick Kilner has been appointed Shipping Master for this port.
Up to last Sunday week we Rockhampton barbarians had been disturbed by the sound
of no " church-going bell," but the Episco- palians, moved with a commendable anxiety that we should not forgot every first day of the week, have provided us with a reminder in the shape of a ship's bell.
On Tuesday evening, the 29th ult., a public meeting was held in the temporary Court- house, presided over by the Mayor. The Chairman stated the object of the meeting to
be to consider how to secure for this district a fair share of the advantages resulting from the Immigration Regulations; and to obtain, if possible, an immediate supply of labor from the vessels now expected to arrive in Brisbane and Gladstone. A supply of immi-
grants was urgently needed here, and those parts.of the colony most in need should be first supplied. He was astonished to find a ship laid on for Gladstone where not more than thirty immigrants could be taken. Sending a ship to Gladstone would not supply the want here, a memorial would be submitted for their approval. Captain Hunter, in moving the adoption of the memo rial,. said that very little argument would
prove that this district had been neglected by the government, in that no arrangement ap- peared to have been made for a vessel direct to Keppel Bay. Two vessels were reported to be bound for Gladstone, yet there was no demand at that place for labor compared with the want felt at Keppel Bay. There were
five fathoms in Keppel Bay at low water, and a first-class anchorage several miles in extent. Its capabilities were well tested during the rush, when a fleet of large vessels entered it, and no difficulty was experienced, although it was then unbuoyed. He then read the memorial, which prayed that an immigrant vessel might be at once laid on for Keppel Bay, and that steps might be taken to forward some of the immigrants from Gladstone for immediate wants. Captain Hunter concluded in moving that the petition be kept open for
signature, and forwarded to Brisbane per Clarence --Mr, Mansfield seconded the mo- tion,The meeting was afterwards addressed by Messrs. Robertson, Wood, Pybus, Feez, and Buzacott. The proceedings at this meet
ing were most enthusiastic and unanimous. You will see a full report in the Bulletin.
Applications for country in the now district,
the Mitchell, are very numerous.- Mr. Leith Hay, Acting Commissioner, states that he has received upwards of 150 applications since
the 1st ultimo.
Nearly the whole of the land for which there were no bidders at the last sale in this town, has been since taken up at the upset price, principally by Sir C. Nicholson's agent.
The blacks, for some tiime past, have been very numorous and very troublesome in the town. The Police Magistrate has, wisely,
given orders for the police to keep them, for the future, out of the town altogether.
Just when I was despatching my last, I heard a rumor to the effect that a gold-field
had been discovered at Peak Downs. As I did not then believe it, I deferred mention- ing it. The rumor has been confirmed in the most substantial manner, by the arrival
of some gold, which is at present in custody of J. Jardine, Esq., the owners intending to claim the reward if the gold-field should prove payable. Hennings, a mail man, out
the northern route, met a party of horsemen on thieir way to the Downs, with a spring cart loaded'with cradles, and digging tools.
Caution is necessary, as the supposed gold- field may turn out like Canoona. The spot is said to be one pointed out by the Rev. W. B, Clarke, as showing auriferous indications.
This evening, a meeting was held at the temporary Court-house, to urge upon the government the necessity of providing the
Leichhardt district with a more numerous and efficient police protection. The building was crammed to excess, and much liveliness prevailed. I dare not intrude on your columns with a report of the speeches, but send you the resolutions, merely promising that the most unqualified indignation was expressed at the conduct of the government in leaving the district with such inadequate protection. Moved by Mr. Wood, seconded by Dr. Robertson (1). "We have heard with the greatest pain, and the deepest regret, that Mr. Wills and party have been attacked and foully massacred by the natives." --Moved and seconded by Messrs. Mansfield and Bird, and supported by Messrs. Fyfe and Caldwell. (2.) " That we are of opinion that sufficient police are not in the Leichhardt District, now being so rapidly occupied; and that the government should take the most prompt and effectual steps to protect those now there and on their way, by establishing several additional police camps in central positions." Moved and seconded by Messrs. Larnach and Bellas: (3.) " That the Mayor be requested to forward these resolutions to the Chief Secretary by the first post."-Moved and seconded by Messrs. Shaw and Hunter: (4.) "That the following gentlemen should form a committee to draw up and forward a letter of sympathy and condolence to Mrs. Wills, in reference to the bereavement lately sustained by that lady, as an expression of the feelings, of this community consisting
of Messrs; Shaw, Mansfield, Palmer, and Rev. S; Kelly:"
The revenue collected at the Custom-house during the month of October, 1861, amounted to £851 3s.,2d. - an increase.of £199 19s.1d. on the same month of 1860. The declared value of imports for October, 1861, is £19,147 an increase of £9191 on the same month in last year.
The weather up to Saturday last had been dry, but on that evening a fine shower of rain fell, which was a godsend to our market gardeners. Just now the lightning is very
vivid in the south.
The " Ben Bolt" sailed last Wednesday for Port Denison, under the command of T. McEwan," with a full cargo and about 15 pas
A meeting was held on Saturday night for the purpose of electing a local patron for our National School, vice Mr. E. Kelly, resigned.
It is rumored that a mob of about 200 blacks, camped, a few miles down the river, have in their possession a quantity of pro- perty they must have got from Europeans, such as clean blankets, clothing, white handled knives, &c. Some go so far as to say that these very blacks are part of those who committed the murders at Nogoa, basing their assumption on the circumstance of the goods being too clean to have been, long in. the hands of their present possessors. The black's camp ought to be searched.
IPSWICH PRIMARY SCHOOL. The weekly meeting of the patrons; of the Ipswich Primary. School, was held at Mr. Craies' offices on Wednesday evening last. Present - Messrs'. Smith, Aland, Kilner, Arkins, and Mr. Reeve was called to the chair. The minutes of the last meeting having.been read and confirmed, the secretary
read the draft of a circular to be sent to the parents of children attending the school, which was approved of, and two hundred copies ordered to be printed. A letter having been read from Mr. C. Gorry, requesting the removal of his name from the list of patrons, the secretary was instructed to write to Colonel Gray and Mr. Gorry, expressing the regret of the meeting at the retirement of these gentlemen. The fixing of an evening for holding the monthly meetings - was post- poned till a future evening - North Austra-
St. Luke's, Church. - Since the enlarge- ment of the temporary Church of England in Ruthven-street, considerable additions have been made to the accommodation by new seats. &c. Additional lamps have also been provided. We understand it is in contem- plation to add another wing to the building, to correspond with that recently put up. It is a pity members of the Church do not come forward liberally, so as to justify stops being
taken for the erection of a new and more commodious building than the present, The Church is thronged every Sunday; this, besides being an index to the estimation in which Mr. Ransome is held, justifies the opinion that, with a very slight increase to the population of our town, the congregation would be so large that no possible additions to the present edifice would contain it. St. Luke's is now supplied with what is too often neglected in Protestant churches, and that is good instrumental music and a creditable choir. - D. D. Gazette.
A New Bible.- We understand that in literary-circles a rumor prevails that the manuscript now publishing by the Russian government, under the direction of.M. Tischendorf, purporting to be a MS Bible of the fourth century, is not an ancient manu- script, but is an entirely modern production, written by a gentleman now alive, who will shortly take measures to establish his claim to its authorship. The manuscript is known as the Codex Sinaiticus, and has attracted a large amount of attention throughout Europe. Should the rumor prove correct, as we believe it will, the disclosures that will follow must
be of the greatest interest to archeology.
- The Battle of Magenta. The following anecdote illustrates the fickle and uncertain, character of the french Emperor. Before the battle of Magenta, the critical position of his army has caused him the deepest anxiety. He had almost made-up his mind that a defeat was imminent. It was even feared by his ally that he would throw up the game, and enter into a precipitate peace. Through incredible mismanagement the Austrians were completely defeated. The Emperor lodged the night after the battle in the house of the parish priest of the town around which the bloody contest had raged. When he had left in the morning, his humble host sought for some memorial of the great man. At length a sheet of paper, crumpled up, was taken from the empty fireplace It was the rough draft of the famous proclamation of Milan. The depression of the previous day had been succeeded, after the wonderful victory, with unbounded elation. Now every- thing appeared within the Emperor's reach, and he called upon the Italians to be soldiers to-day, that they might be citizens on the
A Parisian Incident.- A capital scene took place the other day at the Louvre, illustrating the occasionally dignified occupa- tion of the French soldier. It is necessary, on entering the interior court-yard of the palace, to tie up any dog you may happen to have with you. A gentleman presented him- self at the gate with a fine spaniel in leash, comme di couture; but unfortunately,for the peace of mind of the sentinel on duty, a dozen or so other strange dogs of the quartier were on his heels, "Tie up your dogs, sir," said the sentry, in an
official tone of voice. "'You had better tie
them up yourself," quoth the traveller; "they are no dogs of mine." "Turn them away, then," said the Pionpieu. "You're paid to do that," was the reply. Down went the sentry's bayonet to the gentleman's breast; some hundred or two persons immediately congregated, and out carme the officer on guard. The matter was explained, and the result was, that the whole corps de garde were employed to chevy the unfortunate quadrupeds from the palace yard.
An Original Divorce Court. - His (St. Colvin) theory was, that those who were not pleased with their partners should be in- dulged with the opportunity of a separation, and of making a second choice. _ And this was the peculiar practice with which he con- verted his theory into a startling fact, He instituted an annual solemnity, which all un happy married couples were invited to attend. A late hour of the night was fixed for the meeting, which our knowledge of human nature tells us was sure to be a crowded one, At midnight St. Coivin and his assistants blindfolded all the husbands and wives and then started a pell-mell race three times round the church at top speed. The moment this was accomplished, and while all were in confusion, St. Coivin gave the word Cabhag, " Seize quickly !" upon which every man laid
hold of the first female near, him; and
whether old, or young, handsome or ugly, good or bad, one-eyed or two-eyed, hunoh backed or straight, she was his wife till the next anniversary, when he could again try his lot at this matrimonial blind-man's buff. If St. Colvin's institution was not as popular as that of St. Couslan's, we may feel sure that it was equally well supported, and that these two holy gentlemen must have driven a considerable trade in the articles of mar- riage and divorce, and derived, doubtless, a large revenue of fees from the loves and quarrels of their neighbors.Glenereggan,
The New Orleans Delta says that the New York marine insurance policies cover losses by pirates and not by privateers. Therefore,
if the Northern courts condemn Southern
privateers as pirates, the insurance com panics will be liable.
The Pays states that the Ministers of War and Marine have decided that, after the execution by China of the terms of, the last treaty, a body of 1200 French troops shall remain at Tien-tsin, and 800 at Shanghai.
One of Colonel Gordon's regiment writes home from Hagerstown: -Last night I joined my company in the Luthernan church, and found that the officers' quarters were in the pulpit and chancel. We slept as soundly in the pulpit as ever we did under.one.