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The Rock-itt : June 2010
When the remnants of Errol's safari finally dragged themselves into Salamaua, it must have been exasperating for our young adventurer after surviving the jungle ambush and losing two of his party to find that he was arrested for murder and thrown into jail. Errol was stunned and protested that his safari had been ambushed and his men killed. Any retaliation was in self defence and he and the rest of his men were lucky to escape with their lives. But the jungle telegraph had reached Salamaua much quicker than Errol and his men, which gave the missionaries ample time to get things organised in favour of the Papuan attackers. They had long been trying to win the locals over to their ways and if they could bring a white man to justice using white man's law then perhaps the Papuans would be more easily won over and even though Errol was the victim he was being used as an example of white man's law unfairly. Errol decided to defend himself and read books on law in prison while awaiting trial. When the trial began it was obvious that the establishment was out to get him yet he stood his ground and managed his defence well. He brought up the fact that there was no body or evidence of the man who he had supposedly shot and knowing local tradition of leaving an enemy's body where it lay he asked that an authorised deputation from the court be sent back to see if the corpses of his two men were still lying where they had been slain in the jungle. And that's exactly what took place. On returning with the evidence that the two were still there with spears through their bodies proved that Errol had acted in self defence and finally he was acquitted and released. Errol relieved at seeing the end of the trial finally behind him, headed back to Kavieng where he decided to celebrate his freedom by sampling the affections of the local ladies and caught a dose of Gonorrhoea. This, along with Malaria, which had now found a home in his liver, began giving him a bad time, with the agonizing burning in his urinary system and the hot and cold attacks which was part of the malaria, Errol knew it was time to get out of New Guinea even just to get the diseases cured. With no money in his pockets and wondering how he could find his way back to Australia his one time partner in the schooner "Maski", Dusty Miller, came to his aid lending Errol the money for the fare back home. However, Errol somehow got caught up in a card game which lasted all night and put another four hundred pounds in his pocket. Now he was on his way back to Sydney and although not exactly rich, yet with enough coins jingling in his pockets to step off the steamer at Circular Quay and find proper accommodation and not have to sleep in that cave in the Botanic Gardens. Climb on board the next issue of The Rock-itt to find out what Errol gets up to when he heads back down under to Sydney. www.therockittmagazine.com.au click on ARCHIVES for previous issues. Any problems email me on: email@example.com