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ST. MICHAEL A-;n ST. GEORGE.

HOW BROTHER OFFICERS DIED.

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HOW BROTHER OFFICERS DIED. HEROIC INCIDENT IX A RECENT NIGER DISASTER. Further details of the British reverse near Yelwa, on the Niger, last October, have reached Liverpool. It will be remembered that the little force, which consisted of Lieutenant Keating and Corporal Gale and 14 native soldiers, while parleying with the local chief for the hire of some canoes, was attacked by overwhelming numbers of natives. After a stubborn resistance both the officers and 12 of the troops were kiiled. The disaster was marked by one of those heroic deeds of self-sacrifice which Britain has learned to expect from her soldiers. It appears that Corporal Gale was first shot by the .blacks, and Lieutenant Keating and his men endeavoured to save him. Lieutenant Keating cut down several of the enemy, and managed to bring Gale, badly wounded, to the riverside. They were putting him into a canoe when a second shot struck and killed him. The natives were in thousands, and simply over- whelmed the small British force. Mr. Keating's body was recovered. Elsewhere on the Niger the little British gunboats Heron and Jackdaw have been actively employed. During the operations against the natives of Ilia the Heron bombarded several villages with her six- pounder Hotchkiss gun, though with doubtful results, as the villages were on the reverse side of a high hill. As showing the part played in the Sierra Leone fighting by the 1st West India troops, which are now quartered at their full strength in Freetown, it is said that on April 1 there were 30 white officers fight i ng in the Karene district, and on July 9 only 12 remained. The rest were either killed in the fighting, by fever, or invalided by wounds or fever, and the loss in the rank and ille was in the same proportion.

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