Queen Lucy refuses - won't go away from Yass and loses her rations
Yass, August 27.
If there is one person in the Federal capital territory who considers the Government is dealing harshlp with her, that person is Queen Lucy, the aboriginal ruler of the mission at North Yass. This mission, which is situated on a reserve on the Coolalie road, has recently been revoked by the Crown, and the half-caste inhabitants have been ordered to quit, and take up their abode at Edgerton, a property about 'eight miles from Yass, which has been acquired by the Aborigines protection Board for the purpose of providing homes for the local blacks. The greater number of those blacks, together with their gins and picaninnies, have taken up their abode at the Edgerton Mission Farm, and are being well cared for, their conditions of living being on a better scale than was the case at North Yass. Inspector Stele and Mr. A. C. Wood, local superintendants of the mission at Edgerton, paid a visit of inspection to the new settlement this week, it being the first official tour of inspection by the local authorities. Mr. Wood expressed surprise at the comfort in which the blacks are living at Edgerton. Altogether the amount to be expended if fixing up premises for the blacks at Edgerton will reach about £500. The blacks on the whole are satisfied with the condition at Edgerton. But to return to Queen Lucy. She was never so much against going out to Edgerton as she in at present. Her case is similar to the person who on landing in 'America asked if there was a Government there. On being informed in the affirmative, he remarked, "Well. I'm agaen it!" If Queen Lucy had her way, the Government which asks her and her king to go and live at Edgerton, would have a short shrift. In order to convince the Queen that she must surrender to the inevitable, the board have cut off her provisions, and have intimated that until she joins her fellow-countrymen at the settlement, she can expect no concessions in the matter of food and clothing supplies from the Government. "I'm agen that Government," says Lucy, "and I won't shift away from the house and land my friend Lord Carrington gave me." And she evidently means what she says. The infuriated Queen is supported in the stand she is taking! Princess Julia, an identity well-known to the residents of Yass. The Princess has given her views. The Government says we'll 'hafter' go! Hafter! That is a new word to us coloured people. We'll show them whether we'll hafter or not Me and Lucy have lived here as young good looking girls, we have grown old here, and now are not going to die anywhere else.' Thus the position has reached a deadlock between the Queen and the Government. Whether Lucy and Julia will submit to the inevitable and go to Edgerton remains to be seen. Present conditions are that they will not leave Yass of their own free will. And the members of the board in their kindness don't like to have to resort to force.