Shackleton’s burial ceremony

The cross-surmounted cairn erected on South Georgia Island by the crew of the Quest in memory of...
The cross-surmounted cairn erected on South Georgia Island by the crew of the Quest in memory of their late leader Sir Ernest Shackleton. — Otago Witness, 19.9.1922
London: Captain Hussey reports from South Georgia by wireless that after being borne over piles of whalebone and little mountain streams the body of Sir Ernest Shackleton was laid at rest forever in a little hillside cemetery in South Georgia on March 5. His head lies to the southward, towards the Antarctic he loved so well. Over his resting place there is raised a simple wooden cross, bearing wreaths from Lady Shackleton and members of the expedition. Prior to the service in the church, which was of the simplest character, and which was conducted by a magistrate, Mr Binnie, Mrs Aderg, the only woman on the island, placed a bunch of freshly-gathered flowers on the coffin. One hundred whalers were present, the Norwegians singing funeral hymns and the company repeating the Lord's Prayer. Then the coffin was borne on the stalwart shoulders of six Shetlanders, all ex-servicemen, up the hillside, followed by a cortege of islanders. The church bell solemnly tolled while the remainder of the service was conducted at the graveside, the Norwegians singing their funeral hymns. Magnificent wreaths from the Uruguay Government, French Maritime Society and other bodies in Uruguay were placed on the grave. — Times

Horrific treatment of Aborigines

Darwin: Startling disclosures, matching the worst features of uncivilised communities, are reported from Darwin. The general conduct of affairs by the department in charge of the Northern Territory is described locally as an open scandal. Since 1917, when proper official inspection was abolished, natives have been neglected and uncared for. They have been constantly drunk and disorderly, and regular pitched battles have been frequent near the compound and on the outskirts of the town. A correspondent of the Standard, the local newspaper, publishes terrible revelations concerning the treatment of natives on far-back cattle stations. He gives names, dates, and places, and says that he and others saw the manager on one station order a black boy to be tied to a post. He then flogged him with a stockwhip until he (the manager) was exhausted. Because a Chinese cook hit a boy on the head with a boot last, causing a nasty cut, the boy retaliated and knocked the Chinaman down. The manager covered the boy with his rifle and made two other boys tie him up. Then he flogged him. The writer asserts that the natives are enslaved and flogged, the women are ravished, and many acts of fiendish cruelty perpetrated. The correspondent further complains of the shocking insanitary conditions of most of the stations. Sickness is rife. "Some stations," said the correspondent in conclusion, "can be smelt before being seen — the worst offenders being the largest pastoral stations."

Pomp and ceremony for Edward

Tokyo (April 15): The Prince of Wales, dressed in the uniform of a Japanese general (which is the honorary rank bestowed upon him), with the Prince Regent, both on horseback, reviewed this morning 14,000 troops of the First Division of the Tokyo Garrison. An unusual feature was that when the Prince rode to the reviewing ground, massed bands played the British National Anthem, and bugle bands played simultaneously the Japanese Anthem.  — ODT, 5.5.1922

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