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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 : OR. DARKtSOKNKS

'? INAUSTJULIA. ?/ ' ' A TALE totfNDED ON FACT.

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.? , Li wliich mamma fvenl. to the north, and !' what slie shw und did there, together with goino hints on marriage. 1 ' * This is our township— I've forgot— ' JHucks1 pun j-4!i« near; ii motley lot, For (servants, since white slaves are few, ' 'Blacks «re their ilaven and servants tun.

? __ Mamma had the fidgets ; she ' could not '?filoe'p' of nights lifter her dear Mary was ? ?RoiieJ'''aud so she told Mrs.. Scrodgings, v-ho, from, nursing the. young lady, wus now compelled to niirse the old ? one, for (.wlnn with the fuss and sitting up all night. * pour mamma wus quite knocked up; and she wus always talking about Mary, md : wondering how uhe was getting on on board the resspl, whether they would be kind nnrl provide her with comforts, such as one can't get at sea unless purchased beforehand; and mamma had done so by giving the .Bteward'half a sovereign as 'kindness money.'' And the poor dear baby, too, she 'wondered bow he was now; he was such an '.interesting child, and the exact picture ol 'his grandad. Poor mamma, she could'nt bear to stay nwny from her daughter; and ns Mrs. Sorodginga was to leave by next vessel for the north, site thought it. best to ncooinpany her; it would be such a sur prise to Charles and Edward, to take them unawares; and besides, she wauted a change, nnd thought the wild northern air might do lier good. No. sooner was this resolved than it was carried into effect, and a week later saw the house and furniture disposed of, and the two females, ' fur, far, at sea,' on what, for an old' woman, the reader may jyelLterm, ' a wild goose chase.'1 The two females had been very sick ; but who, dear render; ever went to sea without being sea pick ? f«! We shall be so snug at the city,' Baid the old lady, as she caught sight of the top part. of. a bark chimney, which was the only appendage of the kind to the three or four miserable gunyahs on the point they were now rounding, ' so snug ; and la ! how glad poor dear Mary will be to see us, and Charles and the baby. Nusg, you did'nt, forget the Godfrey's cordial and violet powder that Mary left on che drawers, and the— but, lu ws a mercy, what's that?' added she, as Gladstone (that wondrous city) came insight in all its beauty. We speak of what it was then, not what it is now. Civi lisation has made rapid strides at the north, and the same spots in wliich we located ten vnnra ninnp nffl nnrfli»nnrn!Hnhlf» tlnur. WhV»

them mum,' said Mrs. Scrodgings, '* so the bailors says, and I'm «lnd of it, to think I've, come a sea voyage after all; well, I ileve'r did think I should be able to taka a a, sea voyage ; , but. is that Gladstone ? well, well'! I never did see su«h n dead take in ; call that a city, why there's only two houses.' The ladies were, -indeed, greatly disappoin ted and surprised on landing, to observe the miserable habitations in which they were tjj i take up their residence prior to depart ing - for the station ; and poor murmna's dignity was floored completely in this un oivilised spot, there being no first-class hotels or houses 'fit to turn a pig in.' The 'blacks had by far the most habitable gun yahs, for, thatched with the bark of the ten tree,1 they kept out many a heavy shower, whilst in the white men's huts everyone was completely drenched* through as he lay in bed; and when the nights were fine the stars were discornable tlirough the dilapi dated roof. Then, there were no bnkers' shops, where one might get a good loaf ; but clamper, with salt junk and tea, formed the staple' food of this new settlement. The hornorof the two old ladies at finding things bo differjnt to what they had expected may be well imagined ; nor were their minds re lieved on observing the number of aborigi nals congregated round the doors like so many hungry curs waiting to devour their viotiniB. These half nnltetl wretches were beggars to a man; they begged for r.ll they saw; it was one continual want from morn . ing till night. '** Mo want im bread, cobbon hungry me ; merry sick, want iin shirt, eobbon cold me; old man, father, close up dead; you give it flour belonging to that feller, me take him camp; pieknniny cry, want im bread ;' and then old and young would set up such a cry as would almost lead one to imagine it proceeded from Bed lam, and the poor females, disgusted, yet, pitying the condition of the eable wretches, would give them money or food just to get rid of i hemi And at night, after dark, the corroborees commenced, nnd lasted till near morning; and what with the beating of sticks on the ground, and the deep sound of 'We 'chorus us it went round the motley assembly, there wns little sleep for the white people in Unit settlement. As to the blacks, 't mattered little to them, they could sleep 1 day long, unless when impelled by hun ger to drag their lazy carcasses to where ' white feller kill im bullnpk,'' where they would gorge themselves with offal, and then retire to their camps to oorroboree or sleep off the over-dose. The enptain of the ' Uncle Ned'' was a feeling individual, not withstanding hehudoruised so nvioli on the coast, aud had been among blnoks in many lands ; he had a sort of animal sympathy for Mrs. Wilson and old nnss, as he gave them his arm to escort them on shore, whore, sans ceremonie, they took rooms in the principal and only inn in the city. \ Tho 'N tig's Heitd' was a fine pahlio house, b i)i!tofwoatherboards,and designated nn ho le# i. There you could getanoliblerofunndnl tec, '.tteil tobacco-water and blue stone ; nnd thet e,' too, might bo seen nt ail hours (diiy or n\ gnt) ^le P(lOr u'uok8, hnnging round the ' bar,.. Avaitinpf for a ' ball,' whioh was at ^''''f-jupplied them by some generous '' ^'Christian ; nnd tho said Christian ''''^ight hIbo be seen often stretched adntltbf in thnt blessed slain termed by ?ct.oited ' half slewed.' How strange tonio f lenialcs lelt in thnt strange place ? ^V.i»'K«raj.eadiit{g,''j«s^1BftiitoiM|ii

up with trhen compared to the aristocraticul stvle in- which they had lived in Sydney. Their' dinner, oi) several occasions, wps damper und milt junk, potatoes and other vegetables being unobtainable; butter, rancid, und gruelling like cart greupe, did sometimes make its appearance, the said composition being the production of a cer tain city in Ireland, famous for that lucious compound, as well as its ' illignnt Indies.'' And then the damper, ye Gods ! it was too hard for poor mamma's gums, so she wus compelled to soak a few picnic biscuits and apply BUgar to them the same as infants food. Milk, she had none, 'there was none for the tay,' so the slovenly Irish girl, who was scullery-maid, kitchen-maid, bar maid, house-maid, and every other kind of maid said ; for they had a real servant, one of the daylight till dark workers, who was completely ran off her legs, and was ready to suy ' yes mam, aud' no mam,' at every tarn, At hist drays arrived, and glad indeed were the females to fiud one belonged to Mr. Wilson, and Paddy ^the driver) in

formed them he had been sxpectmg them for some time. Their preparations were soon made, the drays reloaded, and all took their departure for the Terimbool station. It was a long journey that ; but after about three weeks' camping out on a somewhat lonely road in the midst of the bush the wayfarers arrived at their destination. They were nearly dead with fatigue, and the dreadful hardships they had . undergone ; for if dampers had proved indigestible food whilst they were wailing at the comfortable inn at Gladstone, they were much more dis gusted with the ' Johuny cukes' and tea which Paddy the driver made at night when they camped. And then he used to swear dreadful oaths nt them ' hure bullocks' as he threatened to knock them down near every rut or bogluile at which they halted. At last (us before remarked) they reached the station; the fence was passed, then came the stock-yard - and men's hut, and last, not least, the house tenanted by the brothers Wilson. All hands came out to welcome them, as Paddy, drawing hi3 team close in to the fence, uttered the cry of ' way,' and the same time bringing the leaders to a stand still by a thundering stroke from1 his whip. 'Here we are at last,' said he, laying down his whip; and here, too, dear reader, we lay down our pen for a few moments, and reclining back in our chair pause to think over all our dia meters have gone through and all tlity have yet to encounter. * * * # What a stir was on that station on the arrival of the females. Charles and Edward were completely dumfouuded, to observe no

sign of their wives aud children, and with breathless attention they listened to mum ma's account of their departure to Glad stone, fully a fortnight before she left Syd ney. The suspense was horrible, and the brothers prepared instantly to set out for tho settlement with a view to ascertain the cause of the delay. Meanwhile, a general consultation was going on in the men's hut in whichOldMiuk took a prominent part, judg ing from which, one might infer he was somewhat disappointed, having expected tho arrival of ' Missus and her servant ' ever since ' Master Chaules spoke of their coming.' 'Tell ye what lads,' said he, ' the little tin aint her, nor the old on nei ther ; she's too big, and hag got too much starn any way for me. I'm old myself, but hows'omever, I don't think I should like to fix myself on to so old a go' us that ere. she's soraeat like my own mother, nnd I wants a. younger piece. There was a gal onee in Sydney as I was a sticking up to.' This time you couli get a woman out of the factory on application ; 29 any old hand could, s-- I thought I'd get spliced, and I got my togs ready for the 'easion, and after I got her oat what did she do but go off witli somebody else, that's why I never married; my word, it cut me up very rauoh, and what I mind of her was, she was soraeat like this ere old woman as . is come up. I heard master call her Mrs. Scrogulums; that's a quare name, but, lor ! what's in a name, gals is gals all the world over ; an old gal's same as a young tin, and gray hairs don't mnke no difference in reflections ; if a gal loves yer, she loves yer old us well as young; she takes yer for better nor worse, and says she'l stick to ye back and edge all the days of her life.' ' You're right, Mick,' said Georgo Loohhead, 'you're right, as far as the stioking to you part is concerned ; gals will stick to you nil the while you act according to their wish ; if crinolines is ten yards wide, and you was to give em a extra yard to wear they'd most worship you, and if you'd only yield to them in every way it's quite serene ; they treat men just like nuts, eat the kernel and then throw the shells awuy. I've been married myself' — here he paused as 'if to oo'llect himself, aud then resumed. ' Yes, lads, I've had a wife as I loved more than any other human being in the world. Well do I remember the day of the Sydney regatta, it wus there we first met; she was sitting under a large gum-tree minding some chil dren ; I sat down and talked to her quite promiscuous like about love, courtship, nnd marriage. She told me she was servant to a first-class family in Miicqunrrie Place; she nii-rht put up with the missus and mas ter and tho old maiden sister as was stop ping with them, but the children, ten in mini her, she could'nt nbonr; how tho mis sus could hnvo so many slid did'nt know, tiiich n slim thin oruntnro as she was; and what with one thing and another, including the visiting old maid und her cats, she was almost worried to death. Of comae, 1 pitied her, and said as much, mid it all ended in my kissing lior, and our becoming as good friends as though we had been no quainted oil uur lives. I told her I wns n uushmnn. just down from the country to look for n wife, and that hb soon as I found iho right one to suit I wns (iff again. Well,

lads, to make a long story short, we agreed to get married, and she left the children squalling on the grass in the Domain whilst we went off to George-street to purchase snitablo things for the occasion. It's gene rally we'l known a wedding does not occur very often in a man's life, and though I thought her somewhat extravagant in her purchases, still, I overlooked it all in con sideration of its being only once in a way. The expense was enormous ; but, then, I never like to be mean, so I held my tongue, as a good husband should. 1 pass over my wedding ; such a spree wo had, for she had invited a lot of other gals, an! off we went to Parramatta by train, where I got well drunk, and so did they all, but they hud good sense, and I wus but a fool in their hands. When I woke from my sleep where do you think I was. but in the street? I had'nt scarce a stitcli of clothes on, even my boots had been changed, my hat was a complete sight, and as to my pockets, don't mention them, they were empty, and my wife (if she was my wife) was gone none knew whither. It was a cruel dodge to play on a bushman ; but we're mostly flats. Stay a minute, Mick,' said he, seeing that personage was about to spenk, ' don't put your oar in yet, I hav'nt told you half my troubles yet, that was nothing to what fol lowed afterwards; had thut been all I could have rested quiet ever since. It was uhout three years afterwards, as I was coming down the country, at a public-house on the road-side (I forgot the sign), who should I meet but my wife ; she pretended not to re cognise me, so I never let on I knew her, but kept quiet, waiting for an opportunity to speak my mind As I had a ti.ly cheque on me from the New England shearing, I could well afford to ' spell' for a few days, so ray horse was put into the paddock and I went into the house to dinner; but in passing the bar I saw two guiitlemanly looking fellows doinaj their ' noublers,' and she, tiiat was my wife, serving them. I snt down to dinner, but a cold sweat came over

me, and I could nt eat, so I just pushed the door to, made a clatter with the knives and forks, as if I was hnrd ot work on the victuals, but all the while I was looking through the keyhole ; thiire I saw my vvie leaning over the bar with her arms round the tall gentleman's nec-k ; my blood boiled, but I sat still, for I could not move. As he turned away I heard him say ' to-night, nt twelve, remember.' His companion followed him to the door, and I heard the clatter of their horses' feet ; they were both gone. I rang the bell and called for brandy, and drank it off without heeding what I was doing. Mechanically, £ moved out of doors and walked about, but nothing appeared to ?yield relief to my disturbed spirit; the wretch I once thought mine, who hud de ceived me, w-i3 near, and 1 resolved to have revenge ; all former love appeared turned to hate; I felt strong enough to kill the fine gentleman who had seduced her ufl'ec tions, and weaned her heart from mine. At 'last nine o'clock came, and with a feel ing of sorrow I ascended the stairs to bed ; the host lighted me to my apartment ; 'good night,' said ho, ' and pleasant dreams to you.' There were two beds in that room, one of these with hangings to keep out the mosquitoes, and into one of these I crept, after carefully locking the door and ev tinguishing the light. Then I turned over and over from side to side till the pillow fififimflfl limited, nnrl rfifnsfid tn ran'pivf* mv

aching head. Being unable to procure sleep I went to the window, out of which I looked on the court- yard below. The moon wus at the full; an object was visible in its calm still light, but the clearness of the night or the beauty of sleeping Nature could not restore tranquillity to my mind. I was married, und she who had caused all my misery was then beneath the same roof; she who had entrapped me into a villainous union merely to suit her own ends. Whilst gazing on the distant raid winding up umnng the mountains, the night wind brought the sound of horses' Irjofs and car riage wheels to my hear, and a few minutes after a travelling carriage drew up to the door. There were two gentlemen within, one of whom appeared muffled in a cloak. ' A glass of spirits, quick,' I heard his fellow traveller say, ' hot, for un invalid. Horace, keep yourself well covered, the night air is bad for consumption.' 'Ah, Frank,' 1 heard the other reply. ' I'm nil right, only a little oold ; I shall he well enough after a ball or two ; it's a fine night for our journey. Ah, that's good,' added he, as he drank off the glass they had brought him. Crack went the whip, the wheels went round, the horses snorted as they dashed off along the clear broad road be fore them. I had just looked at ray watch ; it wns half-past eleven, and I was just thinking of turning into bed, when I heard a sound which startled and mmle me trem ble ; it was the report of firearms ; there were two separate reports; all was then still. I remained at the window listening, and had not been there long when the two horsemen I hnd seen at the bar talking to my wife rode up. 'AH right,' I heard one say, 'all right, Michael; put the horses into the stable for an hour ; we must bu off at light or tho traps vy ill be here ; there's no one about as can see us is there ?' ' No,'1 replied a voice, whioh I recognised as that of the landlord, ' no d ? d fear of that, only a cove up stairs has come to dav. and he siiBpeots nothing.' More con

versation ensued in a lower tone, the pur port of whioh I could not henr. 'I hero wns no sleep for me that night, nor did I nguin lie down on the bed. Daylight found me at my post, watching from the window ; and ut thut hour I saw tho two gents take their departure; my wife held their bridles whilst they mounted, and, bidding her farewell, they rode off, At an hour that night ' to awaken no suspicion in the minds of the inhabitants I lelt the house and proceeded along the Dad. At less thiui a quarter of a mile distant I perceived a nhuue lying overturned in the road, and near it a horse entangled in the traces, still struggling for freedom; two bodies were lying not far

from thu vehicle, and in these I at once re-j cognised, the young invalid traveller and his tall companion. . The cloak worn by the former wiib still, round him, but. its folds, as also part of, his .nether garments, were' sittufatrd, with. blood, which had flowed, front; a \v*mnd in hjs-breast. 9^His head-rested on! his.nrmj.anfl { pe.rceiveil.qt aglunce.be was' quitf dpnd;. i. therefore turned to his ooin~: panion, who still gave- evidence of life ; he.) too, was covered with blood. At my ap proach ho groaned heavily, .and made at-' tempts to speak; I raised bim- up, but bis strength appeared gone, us he fell back heavily on the gory died herbage around him.1' ( To be Continued. )

Coroner's Inquest.— On Friday morn-j ing last, the Coroner held an inquest on the, body of a child aged fifteen montbsi named' William Thomas Whittaker. . The parents of the deceased reside in Brisbane- street, off Parramatta-street. Deceased was teething, and gradually wasted away, until he died about four o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Gilhooley, who saw deceased twice as a patient at the Sydney Dispensary, stated that death was caused by exhaustion and secondary syphilis. Verdict — Died from ex-, haustion, brought on during teething, accele rated by secondary syphilis and the want of timely medical advice. — An inquest was also held on Friday afternoon, at Rhodes' Familv Hotel, Woollooniooloo-street, concerning the death of a child aged nine months, named Elizabeth Constance Jj'urber, whose parents' reside in Woolloomooloo-street. Between five and six o'clock on the afternoon of yesterday- week, the female servant put some very hot water, for the use of Mrs. Furber, into a washing-basin, which stood upo/i a bench in the kitchen. Deceased, who was: sitting in a child's chair close by during the absence of the servant in the yard, upset the * contents of the basin over herself, nnd scal ded herself severely on the right side, arm, and side of the chest. Dr. Milford was called in, and attended the poor little thing until she expired/on Thursday evening. Dr. Mil ford stated, that death was caused by exhaus

tion, produced by the scalds. Verdict — Died from injuries accidentally received. — Empire, Sept. 7. Exciting Chash. — On Saturday morn ing, Mr. J. Harpur, of Sydney, and Mr J. M'Kinnon.ofthe Lime Kilns, left Bathurst in a buggy, for the purpose of proceeding to the Lower Wiuburndale; and being en gaged in some business, they were ac companied by constable -Lyon«. Having reached Crooked Corner, the trooper left them for a short time, promising to overtake them speedily. The 'gentlemen drove on, and having crossed the Uauken Bridge, and passed through E^linton, they pulled up to await the arrival of their guide; while wait

ing, tliey observed two men galloping at great speed across the flat, and imagined they were racing. The strangers rode withiu seventy yards of the buggy, when Messrs. Harpur and M'Kinnon saw thut they were trying to escape from the trooper, who was riding after them at full speed. The gentlemen followed aa fast as they could in their buggy, and the scene became ex ceedingly exciting; they saw the pursued unfasten their swiigs and throw them from their horses, and upon picking them up they were found to consist of blankets, bread and meat, neckties, and other articles. The bun dles were secured and given orer to the police. The trooper chased the men about six miles, but as his horse was not able to compete with theirs, they escaped. Two shots were fired ou each side, but without effect. On the return of Lyons, he took Messrs. Harpur and M'Kinnon to the spot where the man escaped ; it is described as a pass covered with large and rugged rocks, and one over which no person who had any regard for his life would travel on horseback: Lyons says, that the two men are Lowry, and his brother, and that, as he was on his way to overtake the buggy ,)he saw two men ahead ; one of them turned his horse to see who was behind him, and Lyons, immedi ately detecting the features of Lowry's brother, gave ohaae. A man coming into town with his milkcart on the same morning, met two men on horseback, one of whom de-; manded a drink of milk ; the demand was complied with, and they passed on; the milkman recognised the imin as Lowry, who escaped from Bathurst gaol. Shortly after the men left him he met the trobper ou the same rond. If Lowry was i one of the men chased by Lyons, it is probable he hud visited Bathurst on Friday night with the view of ascertaining the fate of, Foley, who had, on that day, been committed on the,

charge of robbing the Mudgee mail. — Bat- hurst Free Press, September 2. AllItlVAL 01' AXPAOAS FOR MeLBOURNB. — The ship Julia Farmer, arrived yesterday morning from the West Coast of America. She is destined to Melbourne, and has called; here for the purpose of obtaining a supply of water. She took her departure on the lfJth June from Gabijn. (West Coast), where she had taken on board 215 alpacas, consigned to Messrs C. Clough and Co., of Melbourne, but owing to the bad condition in which the animals were shipped, and the tempestuous state of the weather after the vessel sailed, a great number of them died, and up to the present time, 100 hove been lost. The greatest care and attention has been paid to them throughout the voyage, and 215 have arrived in splendid condition. This is the first instalment out of 1500 ulpiions, which huve been ordered for Melbourne. The vessel

will proceed to her destination in the course of a few days — Empire, Sep. 5. Mount Gambiek, August; .14.— The' Border Watch of the 14th says, a charge against Dr. Graham was investigated ou Friday and Saturday lust, the 7th and 8th instant, before several Magistrates. Th« summation, which wns conducted with closed doors, resulted in his committal to take his triul tit the next sittings in the Cir cuit Court, on the grave charge of attempting forcibly to induce ubortion ou the person of a servant girl in his employment. Buil was refused. The prisoner wns sent to llobe Gaol to await his trial.

The SToi.istr-BANK Notes. — Wednes- day's Goulbmit Cfironicle Btates that, within the. last few days, a large number of the notes stolen from the Mudgee mail have been circulated in Goulburo. A con siderable portion of them have been traced ti- persons .known to have been in the' com- pany of the deceased bushranger Lo^ry. It is therefore hoped, that the circulators of the notes alluded to will be brought to book for their offence, and condigaly. punished. Caninb Sagacity. — An arousing inci dent, illustrating the sagacity of the canine 'species, occurred on Thursday night. Four teen dogs, which had been imprisoned by the police in an old wooden building in the gaol yard, and which were doomed to destrue tionon the following morning, managed, by dint of pushing and gnawing at the boards, to make an aperture sufficiently large to enable them to escape. The executioner, on visiting the building in the morning, was not a little surprised at finding it untenanted, and the dogs nowhere to be eeeu. — Laun- ceslon Examiner, August 29. ''The iAte Bushranger Lowry. — In the evidence taken at the inquest upon the body of Lowry, at Goulburn, on Monday last, Henry Hogan, one of the prisoners, swore ,that;he never saw Lowry until he met him at Vardy's public-house. A telegram received in Sydney yesterday states, that Macdonald, the Binda mailman, has given evidence be fore the police Magistrate at Goulburn, that both the Hogans and Lowry were at a ball at Svans', at Kangaloolah, near Binda, and that he was passed off by them as their cousin.— Herald. Morpeth Railway. — Last Saturday's Mercury states, that the works on'the Mait land and Morpeth Railway have, during the past few days, been entirely discontinued, and the meii who were employed upon them are now idle. The stoppage is attributed to the absence of the contractor, Mr. Martin dale. . Committal for Libel. — John Arthur Irvine, formerly chief constable of Dubbo, has been committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, Wellington, on the 22nd October next, for having written and published a false and malicious libel against Mr. Jean Euiile Serisier, J.P. Kick from a Horsb.— About half-past seven o'clock, on Friday morning, a trooper, named John Sinclair received a kick on the cap of the right knee from a horse, at Carter's BarrackB. He was taken to the Infirmary, where it was discovered that the injury was of a severe nature