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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.