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Pike, Douglas Fowler (1877–1929)

Dr. J. J. Kitchen, home director for Australia of the China Inland Mission, has received a radiogram from China announcing the murder of Mr Douglas F Pike of the Mission.

Mr. Pike was taken captive by brigands in the province of Kwelchow on September 14, and nothing had since been heard of him. He had been escorting two younger missionaries to the Mission in the south of the province, and while returning, was hailed by a number of men who signalled their approach by a volley of bullets. Mr. Pike got off his horse. The robbers stripped him of most of his clothing and led him away. His Chinese servants, who desired to follow him, were turned back, and not permitted to do so.

For weeks, men have been sent out endeavouring to discover his whereabouts, but without success. His wife has now cabled from the province announcing his death, but no further particulars have come to hand.

Mr. Pike left for China under the auspices of the China Inland Mission in January, 1902, and went from Launceston, Tasmania.

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