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THE LAST OF THE TASMANIANS.

possessed. In the morning, following her suggestion, Bell remained in charge of the boat while she proceeded with the rest of the men. Leaving them concealed in the Bush while she went to entice the forest maidens towards the ambush, she kept an appointment with her armed and angry tribe, and led their warriors to the appointed spot, where the defenceless Whites were slaughtered. In the meantime it is thought she gave the father of her child some warning, for, by the time the Blacks got down to the shore, he had an intimation of danger, and so escaped. It is singular that the father of one of the murdered sealers had been despatched some years before by the enraged Natives.