Notices of the Indian Archipelago, and Adjacent Countries; Being a Collection of Papers Relating to Borneo, Celebes, Bali, Java, Sumatra, Nias, the Philippine Islands, Sulus, Siam, Cochin China, Malayan Peninsula ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ... justice to a menacing but infer-ior antagonist to ask his reasons for such an attitude before you deliberately bring him down with your rifle.--Common sense forces upon us the presumption that the weaker attacks not the stronger, but in resentme-at for wrongs. Had the Dutch government, acting upon this reflection only, thought fit to despatch a deputation of friendly Chinese to their countrymen to enquire into the causes of their grievances, to 'remonstrate with them upon their then course and to promise a hearing for their complaints instead of pouring a volley bullets into their-bodies, a very different result miuht have been expected and the government would not stand as it now does, called upon before God and man, to justify itself in taking away the lives of solarge a number of human beings. Forthe sake of humanity and in generosity to our neighbours I beg of you, 'Mr. editor, to give these remarks to the world. His excellency the governor-general of Java whose character and standing in the world are too well established-to sustain a personal tarnish by this affair may, -upon perusingthese remarks, see the necessity, which has hitherto not been the case, of naming a committee of enquiry into the matter. Until that be done and the result published to the world I maintain that the aspersion of afoul and horrible massacre will ever blot the annals of his government in Java. HUMANITAS. P. S-It may not be amiss, in pointing out the horrid features of the above affair to state, that the savage feeling exhibited towards the unfortunate labourers of Krawang not only ex. tended to them, but to every celestial who, residing in that part of the country, fell in the way of European or native troops; in consequence of which a great many...
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