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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
284                   CHURCH REVIEW.

 The overland party having returned, we left in search of the
small party under the chief officer. We found them on the
sixth day.  They reported several adventures with the natives
along the coast  The only casualty was that one of the sea-
men lost an arm.  We returned again to the Liverpool river,
for the purpose of examinng the steam tender, which had been
grounded more than two or three times, and to give the crew
a little rest before beginning: the very hard work which awaited
them   While here, one of our seamen was drowned, and I had a
narrow escape from death. The wood-cutting party was sent on
shore. I obtained permission to go with them. About an hour
after we landed, we discovered a great number of natives
coming towards us, with their spears in a warlike attitude. We
only had a few rifles with us, so there was an order for the boats.
The crew of my boat (the second cutter) having gained the boat
before I could, shoved off - As the natives were gaining on us,
there was nothing left for me to do but to stand. I waited until
they came within image of my revolver, when I fired in their
midst. One man fell. This put a check on their advance.  I,
of course, started again for the boat, which was then returning
for me; but they seeing that I did not reach it, began to throw
their spear at me.  To avoid being hit, I had to dive deep.  It
was a chase for life. One of them had gained so much that,
had not a rifle ball from the boat stopped him, I would have
been killed, as the fellow was almost at my side. Thanks to
having learned to swim when a boy! When taken into the boat,
I was almost gone  
  A few days after this, :an accident occurred on board, which
cost one of the seamen his life. The wood-cutters were again
sent on shore, and with them a strong guard.  When one of the
seamen, picked out as one of the guard, was about to get into
the boat, his own rifle was accidentally discharged, and he was
killed on the spot  The poor fellow was buried on shore, far
away from home and friends. He was a Scotchman, named
Frazer.  The natives here were very wild and quite naked
(without any kind of covering). It was said that it was the
first time known that any white man had landed on that part
of Australia.
     
  A few days after this,we started for some further coasting
work.  One night, we were  caught in a terrible storm, and,
while making for shelter, we ran on a reef. This was a fearful
night.  We expected the vessel to go to pieces; but the good
ship bore it well, and we thanked God at noon the next day.
We, were now able to commence unloading her with the steam
tender thereby  making her lighter, and we got her off with
little damage.  Though she took a great deal of water, she was
kept afloat until a suitable place was found to beach and repair

About the month of August, we started for the Gulf of Car-
pentaria  going through very dangerous places, and, when
possible, anchoring at night.  On one of these nights, we had




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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