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Chapter NumberIV
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Full Date1863-09-30
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Word Count1693
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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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By Etimne— Author of ' Rough Yams frbtn tbt Bosh,' ' Colonial Sketches,' 'Life at Ike South.'

Chapter IV.

Retracing my steps to the inn, I inst&ntly rdilsed the inmates. ''^Tlie landlord eyed we guspicioutly as I related the circumstance of finding two bodies lying in the road. His colour perceptibly changed, and ht- be came white a3 a sheet as I spoke of murder. ' What, mur— mjirtjer-ed did you say ?' he

gasped. ' Yes I did ; there has been foul .play somewhere ; but the best we can flo S»w is to send some one into M ? and 'fetch out the constables.' ' No,' no,' said lie, ' dash it nil ; don't bring the traps here.' '''kti why not,' Baid 1, ' you are perfectly innocent of the dedth of these men ; why seed y'-m fear.' I laid Stress on the ' you.' 'No;1 tltat is; I ion'% fear, not a bit; I'm 'innocent enough; but then one don't like -the police about his plac£ and I'll take care tlWy don't cottte.' I pretended not to hear his remarks, as I said, 'Well, something must lie done ; what shall it be ?' ' Why, J bury the bodies, of course,' was his reply. ' But one 'te not dea^.' 'Not dead !' he 'interrupted, ' not dead j then Bill didn't'* — but seeing me (observe him narrowly — 'not dead ; well, that's a gotfd job ; I'll send some of the men, and haVe him brought hew.' ' That's right,' said I ; and sure enough, short!y(afterWards, t'w'tf Jroughlook ing fellows accompanied us to tire scene of the disaster, when, without delay, they brought the two bodies to the inn. ,'Oneof these gave signs of life, hut Was unable to speak. As I was determined to! watch tfver the poor stranger till he should become convalescent, and feeling euro sO'me foul play was yet intended on the part of the landlord, I made excuse to go to towti to procure medical assistance. There were three good hours'/i'le before me, and it wife late when I setf'out ; but my trusty steed -had been well provisioned— his spell in the. paddock had. done him good, and he now boro me at his speed towards the goal of my %sires. I had proceeded more than half way, when, cantefirfjig across the bush, I perceived two ho/semen coming towards me. They wore/crape on their faces, and had firearms in their hands, and with these ?they attempted to impedo ray progress; but I heeded them not, as dashing the rowu/s of my spurs into my brave steed, I urged him to his utmost speed. , A loud report, fol lowed, by a burniug sensation, as though a hot iron' -bad been passed along my oheek, made me turn my head, 'and the two bush Tangere rode up.alongside/me. 'then shot had been near, 'bat not sufficiently so to 'take effect, liaising the 'butt -end -6{ my stockwhip handle, '1 struck the foremost luffiim across the ;fn'ce, and drawing -out a , Email revolver which had been my compa nion for years, I fired with 'eo 'true an aim that the ball passed 'through the coat of Kb companion, who screamed out with [ terror at this unexpected attack, ' Bill, lie's i fit firearms— let's bolt ;' and bolt they did, l much to my Btttisliiction at being rid of such gentry, and nt doable quick pace I then | pursued my way to the town. Luckily, ere - arrival there, I met a detachment of mounted [ police, the commander of whoa no sooner ' heard my story, than he gave his men ; urdera'tq pursue the two robbers, whilst hira I wlf arid a trooper ncsorapanied me haok to the inn. On approaching that spot, I de I lired him to disguise himself to represent I » doctor of medicine'; this he at once 'did, I «nd we rode up boldly to the house. Not I ftsigu of a human being was to be observed, I but from the lattice -of the Very chamber in I which^I had paasedthe previous night, Ibaw I « female head protrude/ apparently on Ue I watch. Well I knew that head j it be I longed to my wife. We rode up, and left I wr horses at the door. Mine host appeared § tifh a light. ' You have not been long,' I swd he. 'but the pentleman is dead.'' I ^Dead I' said I.. ' Yes,' replied he ; ' he I « hours ago; so that if this is the doctor, I J'J?'0'11 want b-'i for he and his mate.' I what of his mate ?' I asked. . '.' We buried I mm, 'said he. 'What! without a coro I wts lnqueat ?' ' Yes ; we didn't think it § nntod a coroner, seeing he was dead when I H!tos brought here; but come along, and I !ou shall see his mate. Here, dbolor, you || wmoinfirstj this is the doorj follow me, ,1 »« dont make a noise $ one, at a time; if °'' B'r' ?ttf'wwards.' . So saying, himself i »tt the quondam physioian , entered the I 1 **' 'Pwtment, leaving me standing in the 1 1 7l.r.°°m ne«the front- door, whioh was i I «jj lighted by the moon, whoso beams it ^med to struggle through the dirtv win Si )T\ ,?' t0 my MtonishmMt, I heard a ' I £T°jLa?kIf oul8i(le- as t«e key was turned ! I bSrffl* at tlle 8nm9 time. I had evi * I Z y ? en int0 a traP» fr°«n whioh there I- 1 Eu ni e80ape- The windo wa were to° '' f S 16m- and * bnd nothin& with whloh * I n f fTtbe.door' I Woked, hallooed, A :;ncnBmet- repon of firearm8. ^IBSnht 1 1 T!?/0 b8kePt up both insidJand I ofmvl ^ero mauv minutes, the door * 1 C^y AC0.mV™-™ bud entered. His -* I Ke. ™. «nd I accompanied them. ^ I ^Ve had 1' 'P' I -* was my wife. ?*i I taaJ BLg '9 throuSh every chamber, and iU f heBinmrrtant «PfUin the per £ c?a!r per nnd tw° °f hi8raen iB'' «CiJ be 1°ckcd UP- A bar of iron E ^ door V aDi 'Vth this we bu^B' ^Pe° iS Wioe. TWn mfU? ed ln' 1-ollowed by tbe «t lls«-g a pltoHn T6lta»*'S there, each 'J1 le«ed LSI J W hl8 W;a female was ?I? mB.«nd clanfnm\ At °Ur apPrbaoh 8h0 S I ot^ to lie?? g h? arms rouud the neck ^ 1 *«ld£B tTvPi '3 thouBh ab0 would :J I ***mu- hl60a&™' ? 'It's no use, vl-'WaaSS' Mu P™™*-' 'Never! .' ,| nSftldshc»' shall they tako William;

besides, he is my husband. That man (pointing to nie) has doue nil this ; I don't want him, only leave me William.' 'No- bodyt will barm you, gal,' Baid an old ser geatit, ' if you'll stand back and let as have theSe flash coves of yours.'' ' Never ! never!'' ' No,' said the tallest of them, whom I now recognised as the bushrauger who had stopped me on the road, ' no, I never give in alive, nor my mate either ; do we, Frank ?'' 'Slid individual alluded to ventured no reply, save by quietly cocking a pistol, evidently intending mischief ; but ere hd could use it, the police sprang upon him, end placed handcuffs on his hands. I was about to step forward to assist in the capture of the other, when Mary, snatching the pistol from tbe hand of her paramoar, levelled it, and, ere I could turn, fired at me; The charge passed through my shoul der; a stream of warm blood gashed from the wound, saturating my clothing, and I fell to the ground; I heard not, s&w not, and felt no more. * * ' # ? # ' * * On recovering consciousness, I found my self in a dimly lighted room, of a large town. Medical men wera in attendance, who pro nounced me rmt of danger. On getting up, I soou learned the full particulars of all that had transpired whilst I had lapsed into that deathlike sleep. The two bushrangers had been taken, tried, and found guilty, and t had the enviable satisfaction of seeing them hung that very day. The host and hiu two serVants proved to be confederates, and were sentenced to a term of years at Cockatoo ; and Mary, who had fired the shot which had laid her husband low, committed sui cide in prison. Since that period I have never visited the scene of these terrible ad ventures, but have been informed that the inn is now a ruin, fullen to decay*— its fences broken down, and its grounds overrun by wild herds in search of pasturage. Such was 'my marriage and a few of the circum 'stanoes -attending it \ it shows one thing, fads, antf that is the moral at the end — ' always know the character of the female you Intend, to marry.' Had I done so, mine might have been a much happier lot.' Thus saying, George concluded' his story with a long face, but there was a roguish twinkle in his iye asiiis features relaxed, and he burst Jinto loii'd laughter. 'Lor, mercy, how can you laugh1?1' said Old Mick. ' Laugh,' said George, ''%? should think I oould 'laugh, because itVijnly a yarn.' 'Ain't it true?'' said Mick'; -f go away with you, yoti'r joking.' ' No jMce about it, lam not married no more than y&u are.' ' Well, well, s'elp me never, af ttir that then you .can tell a stiff un'; I thought I was a right' un, but I give in to you a'itfer this; but it's bed-'ti me, lads, so we'll tu'rh ia-; well, Well, after that we'll give the belt! to Geordie.'* And go to bed they dia1. ' i -fTo be continued.) I