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Full Date1862-07-19
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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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MOHOUVA., THE BLACK EAGLE of COLO. Cllimn V ? v..® a. ?

n'® hurrltd along by her cap until J8 sr,/ock tnd Bcrub were traveled, SfdW. f, Ti?'lllre 8»ve way, and ahe pro' 3n?»fc ifi '«er ituibiUty to piocecd further. nawSrfJS.k be tushrangcr held b brief consultation, w ^ ^Pl,lve WB» ^'olutely unable to Ym fy.- .P1® ihen '-fo«ned that they would camp i°*^e ®W-». *f ehe *ould «o f«r exert hereelf u to go * d'?,Dce far,h cr. in order to have the at ZtSi J?' 6 . CMr'P1DK near *«tcr. To ttaU ahe acceded ;

fhT III. r c ? 1 u;aKBlnB, wer tnan supporting Xf1?0' ftintyg gul between them, ascended a SSSmdES 'L ge' ?? a?d PaSB'n8 to the other eldc, ?flwwnded by a winding cattle-track towards a °fiJm,u,Elc^ ccd' and cabbage-tree, ?wWch lay in wild luxurunoe closoly fillingtip the ^°.offiidge'ae t0'mtd b-' tW° ,ll0U but steeP In the ttldat of tMa mats of thickly tangled verdure was placed the Cabbigetree Waterhoie, which, fed by fn* Maurice ltidge above, was never *»?,« t0 'ai'- even in the driest season. It was ir.?11®'? I0- the ttockkeencra and settlers through out the whole of 'that district, and was a common place of resort in the summer time, not merely for the cool draught of water that waa there provided even during the hottest days, but from its being a favourite «l-ot lor the cattle to water, and man) a stray beast w*» there flicked up that could not be met with tlse whtre. brarcely had Dick and the bushranger entered upon the precincts of this sylvan retreat, than the sudden n ftotion of a flame sprang up some distance ahead of them, end directly in their path. 1 'or an ?'j'* , *£« , p rejecting points of the trees, and of Hie blushes around were illumined by the red light, that edged their leav?» with a burnishing richer than gold then, as suddenly as it had started up, it disappeared, and all was dark again. The thick lolxtge of the trees which here grew in the wildest prolusion, intertwining their leaf.laden branches in the air, added to the heavy growth of underwood which t& ado the whole one thick and almost impassible wall of verdure, entirely obscured the brilliant light of the moon, now riding high in tho heavens. The two villains stopped suddenly, and stood for an instant trantlixcd with astonishment, not unmingled with fear, at a eight so little expected, before they could recover themselves, still less take any counsel together, June, with a audden cxercise of strength j thrust aside her guardiaua and, tunning forward* shrieked loudly lot help. She also had caught a ghmpso of the momentary blaze, and knowing thit even though they were not friends, they could not be worse enemies than those who now accompanied her had determined upon one effort at escape. ' 'With a wild cry of vengeance, Heard 5- Charley TiUsbed alter her. A few steps only enabled him to reach her, and already had he clubbcd his musket a-:d raised it preparatory to felling her to the earth, whin a eptcr glancul along the leaves of the adjoin- J ing butiltes, and irant-lixcd the body of the unmanly I wretch. The force of the blowstaggcrcd him for au J instant, and the butt of the musket fell harmless to 1 the earth ; but the violence with which he had So unded to strike brought the stock with such strength 10 the £iou»d as to tliivir it to fragments, and to leave little more than the barrel in the hands ot the marauder. The bushranger, with a courage and presence of mind which were doomed, however, to be of little service to him, seized the spear that had passed through him, and, notwithetanding the excruciating agony the action caused, broke it oil' close to his body, (scarcely had he done so than the screaming savages broke through the scrub, and, armed with waddics, commenced a fierce attack upon him. lie defended himself with a courage worthy of a better cause, until at lest the agony of the epeu wound and the occa- I sional blows he received in the unequal contest, cawed I his atlength to tail : gathering himself up for a last effort, he sprang with the ferocity of a tiger upon the stoutest of his foes. The gun barrel crashcd through the blackfcllow's skull, but at tho same instant he himself was closed upon by the other two. The sttuggle was brief, for, worn out by exertion, he was j soon liurlcd to the earth, and then a few heavy and 1 rapid blows stretched him a lifeless corse upon the dank grase. ?\Ylien the bushranger hud firEt pui&ued Jane, Dick, ; with the covwdice that is tiie usual accompaniment of villainy, held back, though he cocked his piece in preparation for the worst. The whistle of the spear that had transfixed his companion told him at once the kir.d of enemy he had to deal with. Hastily withdrawing himself from the track, he had thus, though barely, saved himself from three or four spears that had been aimed at him. No lime, how ever, was allowed him for hesitation, for he had at once to prepare for his dcfence, since some four or live natives, with a young and active warrior at their head, dashed into the pathway with wild yells of vengeance. The stoutest and most formidable look ing of the band was singled out by Dick With a quick . eye onda steady hand ; and a shot from his gun rid him of whit he conceived his worst foe. The others were

quickly upon him, to clubbing his musket he at once -anse to blows with them, lie was near enough to witnets the fate of his companion, aud Beeing the use lessness of further continuing the unequal contest, he suddenly turned off into the thick jungle of under growth, through which, as the only hope of escape, he crashcd and ttun.llcd wildly. The blacks instantly pursued him, but, owing to the undefended state of their bodies, were unable to make such quick way through the bush as did lie whom they were following. One only, the young warrior whom we have before mentioned as leading on the band, kept close at Dick's heels, with a dogged and savage determination, that told tl-c pursued that either one w the Other 9I ihim toast fall, Unable to snake off Lis pertinacious pursuer, whose cries directed the others in the course the chase w as taking, l)ick suddenly halted and turned round ; and before the black, unprepared for this movement, could check his progress, he found himself brought within the swing of llick's musket. With a twist of his body he endeavoured to escajie ,the blow, but he was too near his adversary to shun it altogether. Owing to this motion, the butt of the piccc fell, not on nis head as had been intended, but on his shoulder, and dashed him senaciesB to the eaith. 69 eflgcr was (he pursuit, that even this pause, «hott 88 it had been, had given a second black an. op portunity to come within a convenient distance, Hastily fitting a spear to his % toomera, he gent the weapon with so true en aim, that, as Dick turned to continue his retreat, it was driven through and through the villain's body. Dick gave a wild spring into the air, dashed madly forward for a few seconds, and then fell, head way and senseless, into a heap of tangled underwood that filled up the steep bed of the' watercourse. The black who threw the spear had but just barely caught a glimpse of Dick, in the scanty light that Senetrated the grove, and the wild bounds that Dick ad given after receiving the wound had quickly i borne him completely out of sight. Not exactly cer- | tain whether he had stricken him or not, the native j concluded it to be useless to pursue one who waa so j far ahead, and proceeded so rapidly, and as his . wounded comrade called for his attention, he halted i at his aide, and callcd aloud upon the scattered war- j riors around to come to his assistance. Tbc cry soon ; assembled them, and then raising the senseless and | apparently UfelcsB young warrior in their arms, tliey : b ore hint through the thick brush, back into the track, ' and thence to the spot where, previous to the attack ' upon the whites, they had been camped. Here, stretched upon an opossum rug that had been spread for her, and still insensible, lay Jane, her hair : dishevelled, her dress torn in her passage through the j bushes,' and her face wan and palid from the recent , calls upon her bodily and mental fortitude. The . rude warriors had already, though contrary to their ] custom, made up a,whitefellow's liro, as they coll it, 1 their own fires being no more than two or three small sticks with their lighted ends laid together. This fire was blazing up near to where she was lying, whilst one or two, mots thoughtful titan tho rest, sprinkled her face with the cold water from the spring, and used such other unsophisticated means to restore her to consciousness as their humble knowledge dictated, As yet, these had been without avail, for the poor girl showed no sign of animation. She. had ocen picked up lyingsenBeless in the track, only a few paces from the spot where the death stroke had been given to Beardy Charley. There she had fallen, overcome with feu and fatigue, her strength having been no more than eufHeient to carry her beyond the rcach of the bushranger's blow. As the blocks advanced towards the lire, the rays of light that {ell upon the countenance of the wounded warrior showed him to be one already known to our reader, although the halt matted with blood, and the Ace still bearing traces of the life- stream that had trickled over it, rendered his lineaments difficult of recognition. It was Long Dick, the youth who had been wounded in the early part of the evening. The butt of the ' Birdoatchet's gun had not taken his life,

for although It had fallen heavily enough to stun him for the time, it had glanced off the hard skull, partly tearing (he scalp. This hod stiflicicntly served Dilly's purpose, .since it had for the lime put hirt dt turn but his most vigilant and most persistent enemy. A comparatively short period had enabled his liesd, slready indurated by numerous conflicts, to regain its wonted composure ; whilst a handful of clsy plastered over the wounded scalp was ail the surgical dressing he required. He had thus very soon been put, once more, in marchine order, and r--juined his ttibc at Wyong, jutft in tune to witness their hasty retreat from what thiy had, at their setting out, deemed to be an easy vie'tory. lie had at once, with the usual energy ofthe master spirit thBt generally shows itself on meh oceasi one, put himself at the head of a smill band of the most determined of his tribe ; and keeping them together he retired from the fray with something Iris of haste than ckoiacteriied his comrades, and with

Gradually he pickcd up, as he fell back, straggling tr.embers of the tribe, until the larger portion of those remaining from the night's slaughter was gathered round him. Under the guidance of this youth, who had thus placed himself at their head in the hour of difficulty and danger, : they had crossed the hills and made for this quiet nook. Here he had intended to rest and refresh durirg the ni(;ht, preparatory to seeking shelter in the Isige and inaccessible swampB further north, where he hoped to lie concealed with his band until the first tush of the pursuit that was sure to be made, should have passed over. They had already laid themselves down to sleep ; whtn the incautious tread of the two villains, who bore Jane captive, made itself heard to the quick, eared natives. Their ready senses at once told them, whf n the sounds were still distant, that they were wliites who were approaching, and the young chief burning withesgerness to wipe away the defeat of the rieht, and with rage against the whites, deter mined that they should die, and disposed his forces in srnbush on the track they wort taking. The fires were hastily covered, every trace of their ' j.rcfcence was most carefully and speedily removed, so no suspicion should reach the ininds of the victims. It had only been the accidcntdl bluxing of on ember, too carelcssly smothered, that had given the tiiurm, and that had saved Jane from falling a victim to the Macks. ISut for that, the ambush was so ccmplctc, that tne three whites, the innocent with tl.e guiley, would most assuredly have perished with, eut a lots to the natives of a single man. | (To be. contimud.)

Anh-Stati-.-mi) IJr.vnTvriox.— 1 On Tuesday morninga J deputation appoinud by the great Anti-State-aid moelinu, held last week, waited ly appointment on the Premier, Mr. Charles Cowper. Tho Deputation consisted of tho Kovs. It. Hartley, 6. Ironside, S. C. Kent, G. If, Stanley, and J. Volltr, and of l)r. llowman, Mr. J. Richardson, and Mr. N. II. Eager. Mr. Cowper received the deputation with priat courtesy, and entered folly into the questions at wsao, which were dfsrusscd in an informal conversational way. Jnnplyto various remarks, from different speakers, Mr. Cottjirr expressed himself strongly in favour of the aboli tion of fitate-aid to religion, stating emphatically, that he ?was ab sincere an abolitionist as any one present, aud declared hia belief that his hill would really do what was so tnuch wished by tho deputation and the meeting they repre sented, namely, provide efToelually for tho abolition of existing endowments of religion by tho State, with a die regard to present interests and claims. lie (showed the enormous expense that would attend the paying off at once of preccnt recipients, as proposed by some, as well as the inconvenience both to clurcbes and ministers that would he caused by any sudden change of system, His bill really meant the abolition of Schedule C, but ho would not object fo such verbal amendment as would make tiis infentfon more clonr, if that were nocessary. Ho stated that the Ilishop of KeweulJe was willing to accept hie bill, and expected soon to be able to carry ou the work of that diocese on tho Voluntary principle. Ho pointed out tho oyuB (hat would ntieoinlhe country, and the angry pas eioos that would be aroused, if this Question were not now pearenbly settled, lie added tliat it was not hia intention 10 dissolve en this question. It was then explained to Mr. Cowi«r, by various gentlemen, that the comparatively small number of petitions that had been presented, and the few meetings held of late in favour of the abolition of State aid, were owing chiefly to two facts— First, that most of the earnest supporters of the nbolition of State-aid did not think it advisable to use their religious organisations for |K)liticnl purposes, except in special cases ; they wishod to act in this matter simply as citizens, Second, that the bill lor the abolition of State -aid, being a Government measure, promised by the Govcrnoi'n S,ie»fh, and in the hands of a Ministry having a majority at their back, it waa not thought desirable to agitate the country insnpportof the ineaturc, unless the ill-advised e-Oorts of the pro-State-aid party rhould render such a course necessary. Mr, Cowper acknowledged the force of these representations, and the deputation then withdrew. IJt'Hii Uissionauv Socir.TV. — The half-yearly meatiug of the members of the New South Wales Bush Missionary Society was held on Tuesday evening. Tea woe provided oil the ccc-asion, and a considerable number of persons availed themselves of tho epportunily to be present. After tea, a meeting for business was held, the Itev. W. A. Murray in the ehair. The chairman addressed tho meeting on the impoitanet of tbc work in which they were engaged, and he urged the noccssity ot continuous and energetic effort to render the society successful. The 6ocroliry then read a leport derailing the operations ofthe sooietv during the last half-year, end stating its present position, i-o. It appeared that Uie society had six preaching stations and twelrC Hgentx in the country. One building (the first possessed by the society) had recently been built and opened for public worship. The treasurer's account showed that the sum of

''' uunoK rue past year, ana £143 expended, leaving the turn of £0 to tho credit of the society. T here was u dclit, however, of £30 on tho society, which I left a deficit of £24. Mr. Walker gave some details o( I tho working of the society in various places. Somo formal business wus then transacted, and the proceedings closed at 1 ten o'clock with the doxology and benediction. K rw Siil'tj) Willi at riii'. Ixi KUN-ArrovAr, Exiiiw Hon. — We extract from a letter rccoivud by the mail from j a well know n colonist some particulars relating chiefly to j the products of New South Wales at the International j Exhibition ? — ' 'J he trial by the Admiralty of the coal sent bmic with tho Exhibition articles is not satisfactory. In drawing a comparison with the English North cirantrv coal the English coal is put down as much better than it 1 really is, which makes the Australian coat appear as very J inferior. 1 was told that tho Admiralty Department at . P'oelwich would not do us justice, and 1 thfnk Mr. Hamil 1 ton will have- some trials made by the War Department of ; some samples which he cxjiccfs. The Duko of Newcastle I has promised to givo him his strong support, and to sec j justice done as Car as possible with trials on so small a I scale. Both Mr. Hauulton and Sir Daniel Cooper have ! worked hard at the Exhibition, to make our colony take ! the first place. The Clive Hamilton and Traill wool is ' reported on very highly. The Clement, Chappell, and - M4Arthur wheats arc very tine, and are only ! slightly, if at all, excelled hy the South Aus tralian wheat. Our sample of cotton shown by Nowlan, is reported as the best ever seen by the jurors, and valued just now at 4s. per lb. The maize is the tics! in the Exhibition : beef and mutton tallow very fine indeed. Other articles are very favourably spoken of, but wo only catch the goneral remarks of tho jurors, who are to report on or before the 16th of June. I anticipate that Hew South Wales will stand about the first of the colonies. The Duke of Newcastle has inspected them all, and gives us the lint place. Victoria will not be ready with all its goods for a week or ten days yet.' Ba--heloiu-' Bai.i..— Tho complimentary ball annually (i iven by ' The Bachelors ' of Sydney came off on the 1 1th instant, at the Exchange. Tho spacious rooms wore boau tilully decorated with flags, and also with wreaths of ever green's. Upwards of five hundred invitations were issued, snd there were about that number of guests present. His Excellency tho Governor and Lady Young, MisB Dalton, and Lord John Taylour honoured the festivity with their presence ; and amongst (be other distinguished guests were the Colonial Secretary, the President of the Legislative Council, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Consuls, and the ollicors of the Army and Navy. The supper, which waa laid in the Chamber of Commerce, was served up in Mr. Dettmau'e beet style: tho German band pel formed with their accustomed skill; and all the other essentials of a successful ball wcro so completely attendod to us to elicit the most unqualified approval of all who took pait in the social festivity. T11): 1'iioTouiiAMiic Atu.— Messrs. Freeman, Brothers, of George-street, havo just completed a magnitioent picture comprisingflfty-four portraits of otllcers belonging to the Sydney and Suburban companies of the Volunteer force. The figures are grouped in a most tasteful and artistic manner— that of Colonel Kempt occupying a position at the top. beneath a scroll and libbon, on which tho words 'New South Wales Volunteer Force,' and the motto « Dcfence, not Defiance,' ere introduced : while the whole picture is surrounded by scroll work arid wreaths, inter - f-perscd with small views illustrating tho Infantry and artil lery exercises. This fine werk measures about six feet by four, and we understand the artists purpose publishing re duced copies for sale. We can scarcely imagine a more appropriate picture for sending abroad, giving as it does a fine idea of the olass of gentlemen who command our citizen aoldierv. The likenesses will be at once recognised by all who have any knowledge of the originals, Messrs. Free man have alio in course of preparation a group representing the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Sydney, which is boing executed In the same high style of excellence. ? AiToiNTMF.NTi-.— The following havB been gazetted Mr. Leopold Yates, to be clerk of Petty Sessions at Wari alda; Mr. James Shelly, to bo clerk of Potty Sessions and registrar of the Difctriot Court at Wagga Wagga; Mr. John Garrett, P.M., to be registrar of births, marriages, anddoatbs at liourkc : Mr. John Russell, to bo registrar of births, niariiagee, and do&Uie nt Bftlrauftld, viot Mr. 0« LiqbgIj Ati'iiim.viint,— Acting sub-inspector Mnlbon, to be Bub-Inspector of police, t'iee Benson, resigned. Masonic.— Tho half-yearly general meeting of the Fret* masons' Hall Company, advertised to be hold on Monday afternoon, was postponed till Monday next, In coxssqueaoe of (here not being ? quorum present,