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Who attacks the steamboat as it approaches the Inner Station? Why?

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As Marlow travels down the river towards Kurtz's Inner Station, their steamboat is attacked by African natives. Interestingly, Marlow notices that the natives are only shooting small arrows the size of twigs at the steamboat in an attempt to scare them away and halt their journey. Unfortunately, the Helmsman is fatally wounded when a spear strikes him in his side during the attack. In the middle of the ambush, Marlow cleverly blows the steam whistle, which scares the natives, who immediately retreat back into the forest.

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