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Chapter NumberV
Chapter TitleTHE TRAITOR
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Full Date1862-06-14
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Word Count3410
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Newspaper TitleSydney Mail (NSW : 1860 - 1871)
Trove TitleTales of Barranjuee. No. 1. Morouya, the Black Eagle of Colo
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(By ike Jut/tor of the Yo- Yot Jlfy Holiday f

No. 1, MOROUYA, THE BLACK KjvGLE OF COLO. Cuapte& V .— Vub TnAiron.

It is with Bome regret that we find ourself compelled to leave the Birdcatcher in the disagreeable ptcdica mint In which the close of our laat chapter had placed him ; but it becomes necessary to do so, in I order properly to follow oat the course of events. I Be turn we therefore to Wyong, and gee what is there | passing. Everington bad missed Billv ahortlv after his dp.

pbtture, and bad began to be^ exceedingly anxious at his protracted stay. His anxiety was not in the lea%t allayed by hearing the sound of the tnusket shut fired by Silly on the range when attacked by the blacks. The veils that followed the explosion were also clearly audible in the 6till calm evening, and con vinced him that mischief was afoot. Fain would he have 6 allied out to the rescue of his humble yet faith ful friend, but was withheld from, so doing by the strong arguments of Arnold. The overseer urged that any succour mubt necessarily come too late, as the blacks spared no one ; that the only object of a sally would, therefore, be to take Tt-ugeance ; and that, consequently, this oould he better Uker; by wailing the attack on the farta. Ho also pointed out that, whilst the few who could be spared for a soitie would be entirely exposed to the overwhelming attack of the whole force of the blacks, the boute deserted by a portion of its garrison would become an untenable position* With a heavy heart Evcrineton acknowledged the

jusrmss of this reasoning, and only comoied himself by the thought of the deep revenge that a few hours hence would enable him to take. That Billy, if taken, would full an immediate victim, to the fury of the Fbvpgcs, he did not for an instant doubt, w he was but tor- well aware of the Lavage rules of bush war fbie, that made no prisoners. Thinking thus, his heart emote him when he remembered how little hied lie had taken of the many warnings he had rect-ived ; and how probable it was that a timely intention to those warnings would have saved the life that was now civen in his service. As he tat ruminating over these gloomy thoughts, a heavy steady tread approached the hut, the back door was* opened, and an instant after Hick ' Watson cToEttd the thrcthold of the apartment, and stood, hat in hand, before hit employer. 11* was still pule, but there was a iltu-h upon his checks that told of cxeitement, and his eye, rtbtlets and wandering, was lit up with a feverish light, ** X have come back, Mr,' hesaid, without daring to raise his eyes, lest they might meet those of his master, and to betray his exultant feeling. ?? And in good time — and in good time,' ejaculated Everington. 'You come at moment when 1 have less hesitation in doing what 1 am about to -K than I perhaps should htvc had at another time. First let lue a*k you— where is th* Birdcatcher r' '1 Gou't know,*' answered Dick, and as he noticed the fierce look of unbelief that Everington gttve, he added, 1 don't know by . I haven't sten him since X left the farm this afternoon ! ' ' You lie, you villain, }ou lie !' passionately ex claimed Kverington, 'you know a« well as 1 do that he h8g been murdered; murdered, too, by your worthy ?tssociates, the blacks, who are now camped with Beeidy Charley and his gang on the shorn of the lake !' Dick turned deadly pale at finding himself thus bluntly charged with being in league with tbesesavages aud di-sprraoucs, and for an insunt his self-possession dt*-er(£d him. A few moments' reflection, however, re»n£&ur-.u him, since, though Kverington by some mfcans \hv.t Lhck could not divine, had obtained infor mation of the whereabouts of his colleagues, as far as he himself was concerned, it might be only suspicion that attached to him. lie was thus enabled to col lect pKfcei.ce of mind enough to answer, though hititaurgly, ' Well. 1 don't know what you mean. I haven't teon or heatd anything of blacks or bushrangers either. ' Everington regarded him with a ctdd curling smile of contemptuous pity for the faltering lips that clearly proclaimed the lie ; then replied, 41 it is useless to deny it. We have the clearest proof of your com plicity with these marauders.' *? Proof \ what proof r Who has daTcd to tell you such lies about me r ' said Dick, gaining more con fidence. ' Do me justice, and lace; me with my accuser ! ' ' You ask that because you know that it u now impossible,' replied Everington. You know that it was the Birdcatcher who had information of your every movement, and who dogced your every step ; and knowing this, jou have been the instigator of hu murder.' *? I tell you again I know nothing about it,' said Dick, almost impudently ; 'the Birdcatcher is a ljing old fool, whose word is not be relied upon. No one else would ever d&re to say a word against me, I'm *ure.' *? Dick was blinded by evil thoughts when he talked with the Croppies on the lake ridge. He hud no eye6— he did not see Billy and Morouya, as they watched him from behind the gum trees,' chimed in a voice from the doorway. Everington and Dick both turned their eyes to the spot, and there, standing in the passage, panting and breathless, and bleeding from several wounds, was the dark form of Morouya. In the usual aboriginal style, although he btd just come up to the house with the greatest possible epeed, he had entered it quietly and noiselessly, and had heard the concluding portion of Dick's words before he himself was seen. Completely confounded at this incident, Dick could not answer a word. ** Dick must make haste,' added the black, ' when the moon rises the Croppies will need hi* help.' *' You asked for a witness,' interposed Kvering ton, 'and here is one that seems to rise from tfte earth in answer to your summons.*' '* And would vou take the word of a black aeamst

me r' at length l)ick found courage to answer. ' For a fig of tobacco he would say as much of you.' ' Morouya is a king !' proudly broke in the black. ' When has Morouya ever deceived a friend ? With his energies be is a snake, and leaves a crooked trail to deceive them ; but with his friends he is the great eagle of Colo, and flies straight in the light of day. Morouya is the friend of all good whites. When Dick was good, Morouya would hive fought the Buranjuree for him, and would not have suffered a Colo to do him injury. Now Dick is a Croppy and a Barrsnjuee. He is the enemy of Morouya !' 'I'll pay you for this yet, you black snake !' growled Dick, between his teeth. 44 Enough of this,' said Everington ; ' do not be mistaken, Watson, we knew all this before, and everything hee been prepared for you.' Then draw ing a pistol, and pointing it towards Dick, he added, ' nurrender yourself a prisoner.' Dick cast a rapid glance at the door, but, besides Morouya who alone would have been his match, he caught eight of his three farm mates, ranged behind the black, whilst even as he looked, old Ralph passed into the room from another door. All hope was thus gone and resistance would have been worse than useless, since it would have failed and have tended only further to criminate him. He therefore offered no opposition when old Ralph approached him and pro ceeded rapidly and securcly to bind his hands behind him. ' And now,' said Ralph, when he had finished his

job. 'you look, truly, an interesting object. You want only one end of another and a stouter cord round your neck, and the other end over a stout beam, to put you in the position that your viilany deseives ?'? M You can uflord to be funny now,' muttered Dick, burning with rage. ' It is your turn now. But my turn must come, and soon, too, I feel it must ; and then Ralph— you axe the first on the list !' Ralph was about to reply angrily, when Everington interposed, saying, ?4 Take him away, and see that he is not left alone an instant. If he dares to utter a word until he is told to do so, blow out his brains there and then. See to this Ralph, for safety depends on it.' ' Aye, that will I ; and with right good will, too ; '* answered Ralph* ' So, Master Dick, take warning. You know me ; and I tell you solemnly, that the first cry or sound or signal you make, signs \our death warrant,' With this stern warning, he led Dick away into a back room. And now Everington. was enabled to learn from Morouya the result of the scout in which he and the Birdcatcher had been engaged. That the Latter had been overtaken Morouya knew, but of his fate he could tell nothing, having been too warmly engaged in eluding the hot pursuit that had been made after himself. He was, however, able to inform him of the probable number of enemies he would have to en counter, and of the time at which he might expect to be attacked. Having given this information, lie expressed his intention to depart at once and learn, if possible, the fate of the Birdcatcher. To tbia Everington did not offer the slightest opposition, on the contrary, to anxious was he to obtain certain intelligence respecting his humble friend, that he . rather enoouraged it. Before he allowed Morouya to depart, he gave him a gun and a supply of powder

and ball, the belter to protect lnmscH, with pioiatng diieciion* to return at once the moment he should b* ettured of the Birdcatcher'* fate. The moon was about half through the third I quarter, and consequently by the time the black had left, the hour tjf attack was fast approaching. Calling Arnold into his counsels, a brief deliberation was held , upon the news brought by Morouya, and a plan of defence was definitely tixed upon. Two of the jnen vi it posted at the front door, and received full in Mruciinns how to act ; the third was placed in the I p9fpage, to aid the others on guard, or guard the back door us might be required. Everington and Ralph, -neh well armed, remained with Dick, and after having imprcfefacd upon him that only by atrictly ohiying their orders he could save his life, silently kept watch over their prisoner. The lights were all * xtinguished. every fcpark of fire quenched, and soon till was as still and quiet in the cottago as if those who - idimrily iiihabiuV. it were buried in sleep. rot- upwards of half an hour, this silence and sus- pense continued. Their attention was kepi on the Mtctch so long, that at last the stillness was oppres sive and painful. AnxioutJy they listened for the least Xioitie that might betoken the arrival of the marauders. They knew that the wily savages let no tell-tale foot la!) announce the moment of their approach ; and, peihepH, been then, the whole house might be sur rounded. It was almost a relief when they suddenly heard the stealthy JootMeps of a man, cautiously approaching the akilling in which Dick ordinarily fcJept, and in which he now lay bound. Those on puard at the front door ditmnguUhed the ilKconcealcd tread of booted feet, advancing to where they were stationed. No other sound was heard, and even these footsteps were so light that they would tcurcely have been heard had they tiOi b(in expected end listened for. Meanwhile he who was advancing towards Dick's room had reached it, and pausing for an instant, bk if to listen for any sound within, gave a low peculiar knock upon the shutter. (To be continued.)

FuMvUAl, 01' AN OLD ClJINHtfE RkSIUBNT.— The ; mortal remains of an aged Celestial named John Ah 8hue Bach, were conveyed to the grave on 6th instant, , followed by a long string of carriages containing the countrymen of deceased, who have by his death lost a valued counsellor and friend. Mr. Ah Shue Bach, who hsd y cached the ripe old age of seventy-two, hai been for upwaids of forty years a resident of the { colony, and consequently, having attained a perfect kuowlcdgc of the Hngliah language and habits, he was of the greatest service to his fcllow.countrymca, who generally sought his advice in all mutter* per taining to their personal welfare or bufciucsB under* takings. Apart from this he was held in great reverence by them as having reached that stage jq life which, in the 'flowery laud' is supposed t) denote wisdom— old age there being treated with the highest honour and respect. The old man had generally enjoyed good health during his lifetime, but, worn down by hu long pilgrimage, his constitu tion had latterly given w*y, and he expired rather suddenly on the 4th instant. Dr. Wright, of Huuter btrcet, was called to his assistance, but the old m*n was beyond the reach of medical aid, and expired very shortly after being attacked with illness. He leaves two sons, and has also a brother on Lambing Tiat. Dl'ty on Confectionery, &c.— A meeting of con foctioners aiidcordiainianufaciurers was convened on Monday, at the Emu Inn, George-street. Mr Foster m the chair. In accordance with resolutions pissed at previous meetings, a memorial was brought up by | Mr. O'Neil and read to the meeting. It was to the | effect that, in consequence of the free importation of confectionery, preserves, syrups, aud other articles manufactured from sugar, their trade in this colony was materially injured and the revenue of the colony considerably afl« cted by the evasion of the duty on sugar, which they have to pay if they come in the ordinary shape ot that article, and were afterwards rosnufactuitd into confectionery, &c. The declared value of imports of this description duting the yeat6 1858 9. CO were etated to amount to upwards of £82,000. A deputation, consisting of Mx. li. Biddle, Mr. O'Neil and the chairman were appointed a depu tation to piesent tbe memorial to the Colonial Treasurer. Kyjjnf.y Yacht Clvb,~- Several gentlemen, friends of this institution (which, for some reasons or other, although once in a very flourishing state, has of late been all but extinct), met on Monday afternoon, at two o'clock, in the office of Captain Eldred, Exchange buildings, Bridge-street, with a view to taking steps for its immediate revival on a satisfactory basis. The following gentlemen were present: Captain Towns (in the chair), Mr. J. J. Joseplison, Mr. J. G. Robs, Captain Eldred, Mr. G. Lloyd, Mr. W. Walker, Mr. Milsom, Mr. 8 C. Burt, Mr. P. Lamb, Mr. Richard son, Mr. C. Cook, Mr. H. Dangar, Captain Pocklov, Mr. l'arbury, Mr. Dumaresq, Mr. F. Hill, and others. The chairman said he was glad to see about him some of the old cioth on thut occasion, having felt much regret at witnessing the way in which the i old yacht club, formerly so successful, had been per- j milted to go down. He sincerely hoped that it would receive a stimulus from their proceedings, and agBin be as efficient as it had been, and as it ought to be. lie was too old to ** wear tUe buttons ' himself, but he would do all that he could otherwise do in the way of cordial cooperation. The object of that preliminary meeting was to see if some sytem could not be shaped out on the basis of the rules of the old club, eo as again to bring the Yacht Club into an efficient state. In doing this he would take upon him to premise that it would be necessary for them to take measures for doing away with on old grievance— the obstacles as regarded clearances, &c., at the rs-atntn. n\\ nnt.ooin. Vflr-W What would hp

required was to do away with those obstacles now imposable by law, and to obtain the privileges en joyed by yachts in England of going sea ward^ without being obliged to go through all the formalities and deleys of a clearance. They would also have to get up proper rules and regulations for the furtherance of the object for which they were met — the re-establishment ot a club which cncouTaged the building and the handling of first-class fast-sailing yachts. Mr. Wr. Walker then addressed the meeting, adverting to the difficulties offered to a free egress of all yachts under the existing law. It was proposed that a de putation sbouVi be appointed to wait upon Mr. Weekes, the Colonial Treasurer, for the purpose of requesting that Minister to move thepasEingof a fchott clause through the Legislature, which would have the effect of exempting yachts from the opera tion of Customs regulations to the same extent as was conceded to them in England. After some further discussion, of a conversational character, it was moved by Mr. F. Hill, 'That a deputation, consisting of Messrs. Walker, Milsom, Lloyd, Burt, Josephson, Ilill, ltoss, Parbury, Eldred, and the chairman, he ap pointed to wait upon the Colonial Treasurer, with a view to an amendment of the present law in respect to yacht entrances and cleuraoces at the Customs, at such times whenever it might be necessary to go outside, together with such other privileges hb are conceded to yachts in Eng land.' Mr. Walker seconded the motion, which was put, and carried unanimously. The same gentlemen (with power to add to their number) were subse quently appointed a committee to get support for the yacht squadron. Various suggestions were thrown out by several gentlemen present as to the mode in which the club should be best re-organised, but details were left to the management of the committee. Tea Meeting ANn Musical Soiree at Daelino huukt.— A tea meeting and concert took place on Monday, in the building known as the Temperance Hall at Darlinghurst, and, so far as the attendance wtis concerned, the festivity was a decided success. The building, in fact, barely afforded the requisite accom modation for the assemblage, which (including juve nihs) must have numbered something like six or (?even hundred. Of the musical portion of the enter, tainment, as the whole of the performers were amateuts, criticism would be unfair, the more so as the hall is hardly adapted for the conveyance of sound, and the perpetual buzz of conversation kept up by the younger portion of the auditory rendered it im possible to bear distinctly at the distance of three yards from the platform. We may say, however, that the programme, which included several sterling songs and ballads, was gone through to the evident satisfac tion of those present, while some of the vocalists had | the honour of an encore. The band of the XU. | Regiment was present, by the permission of Colonel I Hamilton, and contributed much to the success of the entertainment. Govsunmekt Railways. — The total receipts of the different lines, for the month of May, are as fol lows Oreat Southern U&Uway ...£4595 16 2 Great Western ditto * ... ... JG75 19 0 £6271 15 2 Great Northern Railway ... ... ... 9892 17 8 Acceited Tendeus.— The undermentioned tenders have been acceptod by the Government : — Mr. William Veughan, for the erection of Commanding Officer's quarters at the Victoria Barracks. Mr. James French, for the oon etrnction of a bridge over Beckett's Creek, near Parramatta. For the execution of certain works on the Great Northern Hoad, 2nd District — Oontraots Nos. 1 and 2, Mr, Philip Glover ; contract No. 4 , Mr. J* Martindale ; oontr&cU Nos. 3, 6, a&d 6, Mr. William Dowel*