Sitting Magistrate-Thomas Archer Esq. Assize of Bread-Wheaten8d; Household 7d.
SAVAGE MURDER.-We regret we are called again to record another, and not a new act of savage barbarity.
On the 25th of October last a party of five persons, consisting of James Foley, John Sher- berd, Zachariah Chaffey, William Garth, and John Kemp, all young men residing at this Set- tlement, proceeded in an open boat belonging Mr. T.W. Birch to Oyster Bay, distant from
our harbour about 150 miles N.E. in order to procure swan feathers, and kangaroo, teal, and swan skins. Their labours were attended with more than usual success; having at this place
procured 300lbs.of swan feathers, 60 swan skins 100 kangaroo skins, and 34 live swans ; and at Big Swan Port (commonly called the White Rock), which lies nearly contiguous, they got 150 seal skins. Their labours being thus successfully terminated, they were inclined to return home; and in order to arrange for that purpose on the 13th instant they put into Grindstone Bay (31 miles distant from Oyster
Bay, where from contrary winds they were
detained three days. During their stay at this place, they went a second time to Big Swan Port, for the purpose of increasing their number of seal skins, leaving behind John Kemp
in care of the live swans, 4 kangaroo dogs, 3 muskets some ammunition, sealing knives, and the various skins, etc. they had procured. After having obtained more seal skins, they returned the same day to Grindstone Bay; and when near the shore, the first object which attracted their sight was the corpse of their unfortunate companion Kemp lying at the water's edge,
cut and mangled in a manner too shocking to relate. Foley instantly jumped out of the boat and had only time to perceive that the greater part of the articles left with the deceased were destroyed or taken away, when the natives, who
were in ambuscade, suddenly appeared on the beach, armed with spears. He made all speed to return, and with the help of Chaffey with the greatest difficulty got the body in the boat; immediately after which, they moved
off, and fortunately got out of the reach of the natives. On the approach of the boat, two of
the dogs that were at some distance on a rising ground set up a terrible howl, ran to the water, and swam to the boat; one was also found dead nearby the body of Kemp, and the other, from the blood, and foot-marks on the sand, is conjectured
to have been killed by the native's spears. A native girl, who had been some time among
those at present walking about the streets of Hobart Town; accompanied this group, which consisted of nearly 20. She often in an apparent
friendly, but artful manner entreated the party to return, which they very prudently declined and instantly made sail from the awful scene. Owing to unfavourable winds for four
days and the putrid state of the body, they were reluctantly compelled to put into East Bay
where they performed the last offices of
humanity to their unfortunate fellow creature, It may be regretted that the muskets and ammunition are now in the possession of these natives, as their natural fear of fire-arms maybe in fome degree removed by the native girl before no- ticed. We have only to hope, that this unhappy circumstance will put persons, who are in the habit of frequenting the woods and islands, on their guard in future not to lose sight for a moment of their arms, or to go any distance with- out them, which would probably in all cases prevent disasters of this description, and the necessity of proceeding to extremities on either side, so much to be desired.
We are credibly informed by a person who has often visited Oyster Bay, that it is a favorite resort of the natives, no less than 500 having been seen assembled there at once.