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From the Antigua Observer of July 22nd, 1847:

BRITISH OFFICERS ROASTED ALIVE AND DEVOURED BY CANNIBALS – A letter has been received in London, from an officer of H.M. war steamer Driver, detailing the particulars of an engagement between the British and the New Zealanders, in which ten men of the Carton frigate were killed, and thirteen wounded, exclusive of several men of the 89th regiment.  The savages roasted alive two European officers, whom they devoured.  The writer adds the additional melancholy intelligence of Lieut. Philpotts, the son of the Bishop of Exeter, having been scalped, roasted and eaten by the Zealanders.  Shortly after his melancholy fate, the eye glass of the gallant officer was found hear the spot where he was murdered and devoured.

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