PENANG, Straits of Malacca, June 4.--One of the Dutch men-of-war cruising off the north coast of Sumatra fired into three British merchant vessels as they were leaving the harbor of Atchien. The Atchinese have sent messengers to this place asking for assistance. The coolies here are already enlisting in their service. If the Dutch persist in the war they will meet with stronger resistance than ever. The pepper plantations of North Sumtra are going to ruin in consequence of drafting the laborers into the ranks of the Atchinese army.
Published : NASHVILLE UNION AND AMERICAN, THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 1873