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Chapter NumberXIV
Chapter TitleIN WHICH A SAVAGE REDRESSES HIS WRONGS
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111165806
Full Date1863-11-11
Page Number3
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Word Count1833
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Newspaper TitleThe Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News (NSW : 1859 - 1866)
Trove TitleCivilisation; or, Dark Scenes in Australia. A Tale Founded on Fact
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'CIVILISATION ; Oil, DARK SCENES IN AUSTRALIA.

A TALE FOUNDED ON JTAUl.

Ur Etienme— Author of 'Rough Yarns trom me Bush.' ' Colonial Sketches.' ' J-ife at the South.'

CnAPTER XIV. IN WHICH A SAVAGE REDRESSES HIS WRONGS.

The. dingoes howl on yon dark steep, unheeded is by thee ; Thou litiit in thy tranquil sleep beneath the nondas tree. The two settlers, accompanied by the black, soon left the station fur behind; and urging

their horses to full speed, ere long had passed any limits to which before they had extended their journeys ; they however felt little alarm nt the novelty of tbeir situation, having full conBdence in the word of the psuedocivilised savage. Nor was Ulambi less zealous in attend ing to their wants and 'equircments ; ho was still tho faithful serva.. 'itb 'b'udgeree' to every thing— this aborig al term, our readers are, doubtless, aware B.gniQes 'good;' — so they went on their journey smoothly enough at first, bearing toward tho coast, when Charles's liorso suddenly went lame from a fall nmong tho broken country through which they I wero travelling ; but one horse being suffi cient to carry tho swag and provisions they did not feel the loss of this animal, and buoyed up by hope they hastened forward on their journey. A week had now passed and yet they appeared no farther advanced ; the same creeks and swamps, dark gullies and scrubs met their view at every turn, added to whioh tho second borso also fell ill, and I bey were

compelled to leave uim rjeniua, ana aiviuo vuc burthen between them ; tbeir guide also, in whom, up till then, they had placed implicit coDGdcncc, appeared to have lost his way, and declared ' he know nothing 'bout the. feller place.' Had not our settlers been completely blind to liia dishonesty of purpose, and ob served their louto well, they would have found they had been during tbo whole time travers ing a circle, and at the end of the week wore not more than thirty miles from tbo station. The willy savage, in his pretended search after horses, had several times met tho young black scout beforo referred to, and to him re lated all particulars of his masters and their intentions, and the said scout had in turn laid these facts before the assembly of which ho

was a member. To overcome the two settlers without loss to their uutnber was the object of the savages ; fear of tbeir firearms alono de terred them from carrying out their intentions, so they preferred waiting yet longer till theso two should separate, and then consummating their vengeance by a coup de main. The faith ful Tommy was ever near tbo settlers, and they were quito overwhelmed by his assiduous at tentions, though Edward, in whose mind doubts had long since risen of bis honesty of purpose, openly taxed hrm with guiding them wrong — to a place from which thero appeared so liitlo hopo of esoape— and his inmost heart eohoed back these misgivings ; but Charles — tbo ever confiding Charles — bade him liope for the best, and still have confidence in their black i' Tommy knows the road,' said be, ' don't you Jad?' The savage gavo a half grin, but replied nothing. '-We'fo lost,' replied the

other brother; and lost Buro enough they were. At this junoturo a long consultation was held, the substance of which was, that tho manner in which they were now travelling did not ap pear to advance them one step; it was pro posed that they shtfiild separate for a short time, in 'order that Edward and tho blaok should endeavour to-find some now route, and, if possible, retrace their steps to the station. Charles, who had been ailing for somo days, purposed to remain near a high mountain till tboir return. He had observed with no small nnr/it tti-t. V-!o fnilinir strength had oauped tlie

party much delay. ' I shall bo the bettor for a rest ; a day's spell will recruit my spirits; you need not go far, only merely on a journey of discovery, and I shall wait anxiously for your return.' So tbo brothers parted, Charles remaining on the summit of tho ridge beforo alluded to, whilst Edward and the aboriginal proceeded on their journey to discover if any traoo could bo found whioh might lead them to believe they wero approximate to civilisation; that they had turned their steps homewards they long sinco knew, but they little know they wero surrounded by so many savages, a'' none of them had appeared during the journey. Long and patiently did Charles await the re turn of the absent ones; and night came, and yet they came not ; he felt much worse, and be anxiously wished they wero near to-relievo his afflictions; but they camo not, so he lay dowu to sleep, and Btrange thoughts onmo up

in his mind, for keenly no ten mat situation, lonely and comfortless, in the midst of n wild unsettled country, waiting tho ret'irn of his friends. Thus that night passed, and they camo dot, and tho next day found his illness increasing; of food, ho bad sufficient to last him for some time, but bo could not touoh that oDarso provision, his caso roqujred some thing' more genial, unobtainable in such n place; without medical assistance ho did not fi,;nir l.ia Hfn could be Bavod, but suoh being

unobtainable, he felt there was nothing but to dio; Ho lay on tho ground rolled in bis blankest, completely exhausted, his only medi» oine, alittlo water or weak toa in a pauuioan ; oh, how he wished his brother would return. Ho thought of his wifo and child, and tho perils of that long journoy ; how ho bad dono all iu his power to obtain her reeouo; but ho would dio in tho consolation that ho had por formed bis duty as muoh as any husband who lovod his wifo oould do j alas ! that suoh efforts -(ihould bo useless. He grow weaker and 'weaker, till sight and sonso sceincd to leave himl'nna'tborois little doubt bo might have

slept ndvof to wako more had it not beon just thon a loud oooey was hoard. ' 'Tie ho 1' said tho dying man, struggling to riso, ' I thought Nod would never leavo me horo to perish ; and Tommy, too,' added he, as hiseyesfoll on that worthy, who was rapidly advancing towards him. Tho nppearanco now presented by tho blaok surprised tho dying man, for ho no longer woro olothos, but, as if to make amends for tho dofioionoy,4 largo streaks of paint or pipeclay woro tnark'od on dilfaront parts of bis

body ; ho oarnoa a long upanr nuu «i»™'»»«i nnd soernod ns though ho had never worn the carbof civilisation. ' Whito follor massr,' said ho. ' Tommy I said Charles, stejrnly, wbcro is your, master— wboro you leave Mr. Ned?' 'You sbo that fellor mountain r' wan tho reply; well, wo bin loavo him thero ; ho dead now.' ' Dead I' gasped Charles, ' is ho doud ?' ' Yes,' was tbo reply, ' mo bin kill him.' 'You,' oohood the dying man, ' You I the wrotoh I loaded with favours ? my gun I quiok ! quiok I' addod he, looking rouud

for that weapon; ' Nf» fear you shoot me, said tbo black, oarerully removing it beyond hia reach, ' dcre you lie still, and den me talk a little you; too much you wooler good. while ago, blackfeller wooler now (50) ; oh, you link it ono time mo 'tupid ; oobra when mo like it station ; in morning mo get up beforo sun ;,imn nn lnnir nnt vnrnn*n. Old feller Miok

nebber care when melired; that say, you black d~l wretch, eo fetch waddie, and me CO. Old feller missus and nother ono white Mary all too muoh.yabber blonging to me, bo me bin look out bUckfeller now, and me bin kill' him brother blooging to you behind.' Horror struck at so open and cold blooded on avowal of this murder, Charles felt himself nerved with supernatural- strength, as raming himself, he made an effort to regain his rifie ; but tho black was too able for him, as a blow from his nullah nullah descended on the sick man's broaBt and ho fell back almost lifeless ' Wretch and ingrato' were on his lips, as the savage, again seating himself at his Bide, remin ded him of all he bad suffered from tho whites ; be reviewed their career from the time after arrival and taking up tbe station ; their shoot ing down his friends and relatives like dogs ; bis escape at that period and eventful oapturo, and slavery at the station, adding that suoh had been tho course which hail led him to commit theso deliberate murders. He con

cluded bis harangue by remarking that, after killing Edward Wilson, tbe aboriginals of the tribe had cut him in pieces with n view to tbe buolieon (51), and that it was tboir intention f« now viait tho station of Terimbool and mas

oaore tho remainder of tho inhabitants.; Charle* was quite unmanned, the effect of suob horrible nows was 'too much for him in bis weak state, and hearing of the terrible act whioh was to consummate tbe vengeance of the aboriginal, who, though takon as a ser vant, had 'borne with treatment better fitting the name of slave. Knowing tho wrongs that man bad endured, and feeling thero was no longer hope, ho quietly bowed bis head nnd submitted to bis fato. An hour after, Ulambi, or the quondam Tommy, was in tho vicinity of the aboriginal camp, and towards sunset tho whole tribe surrounded the station on all sides, completely cutting off egress or ingress thereto ; ho here cleared himself of every vestige of paint, and throwing tho remnant of an old Bbirt over bis shoulders, took his way to the settlers' habitations, which woro juit visible in tbe distance. (To be continued.)

Note (50).— Wooler— talk. Note (51).— The buckeen. This sanguinary practice ii still followed by many of the tribes of Australia, and ib regarded by them as a sacred duty. It is simply cut ting open the bodies ol their eiiemien and eating the kid. ney fat ; the flesh is considered too suit. About two years sinco 1 was informed that this practice was adopted by the tribes of the Edwaids River. A Lachlan black named Charlie, in company ol his master, reached Dem liquin.at which place he was decoyed into the camp ot the tribe, barbarously murdered, and submitted to the ordeafof the buckeen. I never jaw any cases of this kind among the Wide Bay or Port Curtis tribes, but farther north I have heard it is a recognised custom.