Chapter 111165783

See chapter in newspaper

Chapter NumberIX
Chapter Title
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111165783
Full Date1863-10-24
Page Number3
Corrections0
Word Count2599
IllustratedN
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleThe Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News (NSW : 1859 - 1866)
Trove TitleCivilisation; or, Dark Scenes in Australia. A Tale Founded on Fact
article text

CIVILISATION ; Oil; DARK SCEtfBS IN AUSTRALIA,

' A TALE FOUNDED ON FACT.

Bv Etiekne— Author of. ' Rough Yarns from the Bush,' ' Colonial Sketches,' ' Life at tbe South.'

Chapter IX.V v ?

In which a faithful Eervatit studies bis master's interest. ' . . There calm repose woo'd gentle ease, -?' And the Zephyr lightly funn'il the trees; Save the Uttle rill whicli babbled on, - Or tbe trembling- lyre-bird's street song, . Near the suUler's. home, on the mazy air, - Nat a sound awoke the silence there. tJlambi, tlio savage, was now »|uite a civi lised being ; and niarama and Mrs. Scrod^ ings appear to lileo him much; be was, tbe hlaveof the station, ruuuing hit her and thither.

fetching and carryiug, and, in short, rviuciug as much affection as any dog might do for a kind muster. Time had wrought some change in him ; his new frionds hud given him clothes aud a horse to ride ; ho was uo longer the sa vage ; evea his name was now changed to Tommy. All liked him excepting Old Mick ; and tveu he, although he onco said ' there wus too much devil in tho critter,' soon acknow ledged that sonietbiog might be made of him ; for Tommy was a great assistance irith cattle, esprfoinlly ut branding or mustering time ; imd the black had learned to haudlo tbo branding irons almost 'as well us bis masters. Charles and 1'jJwurd were now very uneasy concerning their wives ; the loss of tho Sea Belle was now an inditputed faot, for tidings bad reached Gladstone that vessols en route to Sydney, from Torres Straits, had fallen in with spars and sails belonging to the wreck; and thus they liad perished, and with them had fled all those bright areal castles, built up in tho bright Long Ago. It is hard to loso these things ; to feel that we havo bade adieu to them for tho last time— that they will come no more on earth, and that tho voices of thoso wo love so truly and so well aro hushed forever. Thus it was with the .brothers Wilson; for some time after the sad news arrived, they felt as though a thunderbolt had fallen on them ; they wero unablo to perform' their duties on the station ; and all thing's might havo gone wrong but for Old Mick; but when one bad suoli u manager as he was at tbe head of his establish ment (bo it sheep or cattle) he need uot fear the loss of his stock. So things went on undor tho old hand's supervision, just Iho same, and, perhaps, hotter than if Master Charles or Ned were present. After what is culonially termed a ' spall,' the two brothers shook olF their apathy, and got about again ; and then i I was they begun to take some little notice of tho smart blaokfollow chance had thrown in their way. He appeared at once to attach himself to Charles, as that gentleman always behaved kindly to him ; but tho rest on the station were different — mamma nud old nusrt scold ;d him, Edward bounced, and th* old hand swore at him, whilst tho other men treated him as a nond-3sciipl--a something boucaih their notioo ; but with Charles it wus entirely differ ent; it was therefore but natural tho poor bliick should look on him us bis only pro teotion. Kind words ! how much there is iu them ; Inw they find their way to one's heart ; t.o mutter whatevor our station, they have power to movo the inmost soul. It was a sen '? But' au revuir to our aborigiual. Ulatnbi, or. Toiumv. as ivo mav now call him. was a

useful membtir on tho station, and in return for bis eervioes Mr.'Gliurloa laboured hard to tench him English ; ami under his tuition the black did learn thut extraordinary language; not according to tho rules luid down by Lindley Murray, or Loonies grammar, or by the methods adopted by tho learned of our times, but suffi cient to make hiuisulf understood. And thus time rolled on, and yet no further tidings readied the station of tho long lost females uud their children, until one day, in conver sation', Charles moutionod tho circumstances to his black coinpaniou; lha eye's of tho latter opened. to (heir full extent, n/J ho nxcluimo'd iu n loud voice— ''.Me know, Master Chuuley ! mo bin SCO 'em wuilo Mary, blonging (o you, ».inlrnitii!nii mliifn hnMrn mo nnmn clohnn f {17 l

ilUntlllU II' J IT III ifW 1/W»V* v *u w \*\* *tJV umtniwu ivi/t 'There must be bouio tnislalto,' said his mas ter, doubtfully.' .'No mistake; bale stupid cobra mo, you think it mine gammon,' added ho, smiling at tho other's inorodulity , 'never mo likeit that ; 'bio bin see him two feller white Mary long a bluckfellor, and two feller pickaninny.' Where I whore did you nee them?' gasped tho districted Bottler with earnostness.'' ' Likeit that way,' replied he, poiuling with his bund to a tall range of moun tains in the direction of the soa coast. Muoh tnoro conversation on tho snmo subjcot took place, tho substanao of which was that tho nborigiuul had seon the wives and ohildren of liis nmstors, and that ten mouths buck they wore iu the hands of tho blacks at . the' sea const;' and at the time of the relution of the oiroumstunce ho still -thought tlioro might be a possibility of their beiug alive. ' Me hear em news,' said ho, ' when bluokfcllor kill em white men long a coudolo (88), mo heat em wollor (30) where that white Mury sit down, then mo cotrd up behind (40),* und F00' em there two budgeree feller, so mo woller blaok follow j you never kill that feller/ so thon thoyj take him your white Mary raosstnato (41)/. Sho gin blonging lo that feller now..' HprrV 'fied at this not vary ngroeablo tormina lion of his now-risen hopes, Charles felt his blood'boil at tho thought that his wife was in tho hands of snyagos; tboso who would degrado to the position which tho sex always oooupies among them, for they aro tho roul boasts of burthen, and are prized only in proportion to their ability to minister .to tho sensual gratjfioation of their possessors. Was it not terrible, then, to .contpmplato thoVsituation of thoso loved ones in tho hands of iuoli beings. Puncy, with -its vjyid' pioturcs almost uuiouoting to reality (Imrrowin'g up iho^ouH did they not feel -as Virgiiiius folt wbori his daughlbr's ruin was about to bo eontomplatod — as if they would Note (-13),— 1'rlghtencd. Note (87).— Mcuniuff ho lmil seen the women a llttlo wliilo before his arrival. Tha aboriBlncos term whlto womon— ' WhitoMarjr.' Noto(38).-8hips';. ,, Noto(39).— JYiiller— to toll. . .? Note ('10).— Como up behhul— arrived nftorwards, Noto('H).-l'olyRamy is prnotlood by tWaborjglncos Ihrouihniit AustrAlla. At tho north, blnok* aro known lo sell their wives to oroIi other, or hlro thorn forBove. r«l' moons' to tholr brethren. All femulos nro termed 'Bins.' Their mnrrlngo ooromonios uro vory strjnnoi nt tho Clarenoo River It Is ouatomafy for tho inon or mio tribo to stunl tho women of another, !-«' » 10,yP,r''I '- stances a mutual exchange is cOuolod. In the Wldo Uny Dlstrlot, on tho Mith.nl 0 femulo child, sho is Riren to some black to bo his wifo, on her alia niiiff pubcriy, until which llmo ho is lint iiormlttail to olnlin nor. 1 here arc, howorer, many strungu uxecpllnns to this nilo,

sooner behold their wives lying dead at their feet than exist dishonoured and degraded. But could this be true 1 It must be, for their faithful slave had informed them of it, and he had been at the scone of action ; aye, bad even witnessed the uukindness with which they were treated. They saw little oliauco sf thoir being alive, or, if escaping, of doing so unbanned ; virtuous as they knew them to bo, they believed they would rather face death thun yield to the will of their captors ; perhups, long ere this the tomahawk of tho wild man had eleven the brain of Mary; or the unerring spear pierced the form of tho kind Clara. Horrid as were theso cir cumstances, they wero compelled to inform mamma and Mm. Sorodgiugs (who by the way was now Mrs. Mick — no drat it — that is, I mean sho was married to Old Mick, and for the iifo of mo I cannot remember bis luwful np iell«tion) of these sad tidings; and then there wbb such 'weeping and lamenting on that sta tion, and few of the dwellers there were that night visited by sleep. Poor Tommy,- he sat

in his bough gunyah, at a few yards from the house, c.haunttng some old corroboreo he had learned at home, beating his nullah nullah on tbe ground to keep time, as ho used to do long ago, when tho great feasts of I ho full moon came round (42); he sang us blithe as ever, uncon-, soious of tho stir ho^bad created in his masters'' house. By and bye a door opens, and from the interior of a hut near a head is thrust forth,, and we bear the hoarso voice of Old Mick ex claim, with a prefatory oath — 'you black Booundrel, lie down, and stop that yabbcr.' Tbe solig ceases as the door oloscs ; thero is no more corroboree now ; tiloneo reigns around that station, broken only by tho barking of tho curs as they chase somo prowling dingoe, who lurks near the huts to ste.'il any offul or soraps 'which may fall in t is way. All else is still; and Old Mick, beside his old woman, falling into a blissful slumber, soon forgo ts all about the aboriginal. It was midnight, and still the blaok lay awake in his gunyah, apparently in

deep meditation ; no was tbiuUtng ol tlio wuito ?men, and the wrongs ho had received at their bands; how they bad at first como in the night and shot down without mercy young and old of hih tribe — hid father, mother, sisters, and brethren, whilst he only had cgenped — escaped, merely to become the slave of- these murderers; andthoy had buffetted and ekioked him — had laughe'd at his misfortunes, 'and' taunted him with his menial birth ; and oven; when ho had 6triven to forget the past, to raise bin spirits by singing, bo had been told to ' lie down,' like a dog, aud. he had lain down to plot rovcngoV .While thus engaged, the cmokling underwood startled, aud caused him to rise und lean on his arm to listen. Pre sently, light footstep's were heard approach ing, and the form of a youth of some sixteen summers stood before him. As his eyo rested on the form of the youthful savago, ho uttered the name ' Eugarie ;'' at tho same tiruo demanding from whence he came. As they spoke in low tones, to save trouble, I may inform my reuders in a few words, tho substance of their/conversation. It was' bimply to tell U Iambi that friends wero in tho vicinity, and only waited his n&istancc to draw tbe whito moo' into their clutohes, when they would all make a desoeut on the station, and complote the ruin of its possessors. After remaining an hour iu carne'6tjoonvcrsation,.thg_ youthful savage fflided atnn^hj|T rt\vay^_ noFa ?cm-growiKu^Jitiiui1 ufllTfl* approaoc or de^ar lure, and his visit was unknown to all save him to whom bo oamo. So Tommy slept,-— his

inina was quite cairn now. 1 lew days alter, great preparations were making on that statiou for tho departure of the brothers Wilson, for ? , nono knew whither save Tommy ; for lo ! he had made an important proposition to them, which was, that be wus acquainted with the whereabouts of their wives, and would guido them to tho spot. .. 'Plenty myall blackfellow there,' said he, pointing in tho direction of the ooast. 'Mery gorand (43) mo 'longing to that follow ; you take him gun, me tuko him tomahawk, inorgaem budgeree;' or, in other words, meaning ho was better used to a toma hawk 'than a gun. Tho plan had boon oon sidercd, and was thought woll of, oven by Mama and Mrs, Soholdings, thoy oven— when asked their opinion — said, ' they didn't think, but if Tommy went, thero would bo no danger, ho wns such a good and faithful Duck, und would watch over their interests better than any whito man;' and tho station hands ap

proved and assented thoroto, nil but Old Mick, who declared that, ho had no idea of suoh a thing, having no faith in any blaok skin what ever; sorry indeod was ho that our two Bottlers woro oom pelted to go on such an orrand by themselves, regrotting only that ho. could not leavo his ' dear old gall,' for boing uowly mar riad, it was not natural to break inon tho honeymoon ; you would not liko it roader, would you ?— I'm suro 1 should. uot. So Churl ob and Nod set out at an early hour ouo fine morning, accompanied by tho bluok, well mounted and armod, with tho express deter mination of ponutrating to tho spot iu whioh their wives nud ohildren wero hold captives. Thoy rode off slowly, as the .good byo ! good bye 1 came upon their cursjlbere was a sound ns of heavy, hoofs striking tho ground in tho direction 'thoy bud gonoj; gradually it grow fainter nt|d fainter, till it was heard no longer. And tho station bands want to work, all but Old Miok, who sat at the kitohon Oro smoking 'liis pipe in sileneo ; ho was in no humour to ? Work, so ho sat thinking of master' Charles and'

JNod, and ' what tooiharoy ouaps they woro to go trusting thomsolvos with a darkio, all ulono in tho bush, Mick was literally done after that,' to ho rose up and walked into tho liouso ; tlioro ho saw something that made him stare ; and eo ha turnod aside aud pulled out tho half of a silk ncckoroliiof (tho other, half bad gono for ' oraokors' long sinoo) put it to his oyos as if to whipo some moisturo away; but it had boon so long einco thoso oyoa had shod toars, that suoh would havo aoomod strnngo now ; so ho quietly wipod his noso, spat on tho ground, and advnnood into the apartment. Poor old Mra. Wilson and Mrs, Miok woro sitting Toopitij, al tho thoughts of their two rash young inon that had gouo away. ' My poor dear sous,' sobbed tho old lady. ' Oh, I sliull novor see tlmm tnoro;' and sho wns right, So her tears foil thick and fast, and Mrs. Miok wept, and old Miok snivelled, and they wero all mourning' in conoort togotbor. So leaving thorn to c'ry Ihoir oyofl nud look out for their llyqa^wo will shilt our scones, and proporo for aot seuond of this futul drama. ('To he continued,) Noio (42),— The period for .mustering for gcnornl cor rolinrees goncrnlly tukes pluuocrcry lull innnu. As mnuy as 800 persons (nliorlginnls) hnvo licen witnessed present it ono of (licso national cou'tuatiiei. j