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A contemporary states that on Saturday afternoon a brutal assault was made on a Chinese fruiterer, named Wong Way Kee, carrying, carrying on business in Queen Street, Masterton. It appears that a man, who has not yet been identified, entered the shop and asked for the change of a cheque, which request was declined, and the man thereupon left. He returned, however, in a few minutes, and asked for a shilling worth of chocolates. The Chinaman turned round, and was in the act of taking the chocolates from a box when his assailant lifted a two-pound weight from the counter and hurled it at him with great force. The missile struck Wong on the back of the head and felled him to the floor. He, however, recovered almost immediately, and started in pursuit of the man, but the latter made good his escape on a bicycle. The victim, who was bleeding profusely from the wound in his head, then walked along Queen Street and informed the police of the occurrence. Two constables were immediately sent out on bicycles, but not trace could be found of the man. Dr. Ross was sent for to dress the wound in the Chinaman's head, and on his arrival it was found that a gash, exposing the back of the skull, had been inflicted, but, fortunately, the bone was not fractured. The victim was very weak from loss of blood.

Paperspast Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 11498, 25 February 1905

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