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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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TALES OP BAAtRANJUEB. I

fBy the Author of the To- J'o, My Helidiy, $r..) !

No. 1. mouovya, tub ii lack eagle ok colo. Chai-tku II.— Playino 'Possum.

. fftI*f0T°K 'had wAtchcd the old man's movements with the greatest curiosity, lie had neither heard nor ?ten anything to justify the precautions ol hU com panion, though he also had listened attentively, aud had cartfully scanned the aides ol the ridges that OTCihusg the upper portion of the gully. A few minutes gave evidence of the correctness of the birdcatcher's sense of hewing, aa within that ?pace of time the object which had attracted the nlrt

on an ? attention beoame distinctly visible. Descend. jdk a spur of the ridge, snd evidently directing his steps towards them, was the tali and powerful form of a& aboriginal native. Apparently it was not with, out Borne misgivings that the bUik approached, since ccastonally he would halt and scin Everington with a curious and a suspicious eye. As coon as billy had pttceived the stranger, one quick and lightning elancc seemed to remove all suapieloni, and first letting fall the butt of his piece to the ground, he . resumed the seat he had previously occupltd. ' It is Morouya,' he said to Evarington, '? I wan der what has brought Him here juet now ?' The latter portion of the sentence being ppolccn to hitDseif, and being rather the verbal expression of a thought, than an inquiry lacking reply, EveringUm -did not consider hitnsetf called upon to answer it. He therefore still kept his eye on the black, who, having witnessed Billy's procedure, now seemed to lay aside all doubt, and walked quickly toward*'- them. As he advanced, Eveiinglon^ had full opportunity to note the firm tread, the straight, supple, and sinewy limbs, the commanding stature, and tbe powerful yot active frame of the noble-lock iug savage. The only article ofdresB, if such it could he called, that decked his person, was a bell of twisted opossum fur wound round his waist, . the ends hanging down in front in thick (olds. His hur was gathered up in a tliufe club on the poll of his head, where it was bound round with a Bne and carefully twisted-curd, made from the inner bark of the currajong. la the lofty knot thus made were stuck four or five pinion feathers of the . huge Bulling hawk, or black eagle, as it is called j and these gave a strange, but at tho same time a warlike, appearance to the savage chief. His right hand grasaed a bundle of spears, with the accompanying wwimtro, with, which the spear is projected ; and in Ilia left bo held his heilamvn, or shield. In bis belt were stuck two or throe homerangt, together with the never-failing companion of the black — the tomahawk. When within a hundred yards of the wliites he lulled, and uttered the warning ?? cooey.' Hilly replied with the same exclamation ; and this piece of Australian punctilio having been performed, in a few seconds the black stood before them. 'Hilly !' fcaid he, in a soft, greeting voice. 'Well, Moiouya,' answered the liirdcatcher, at the same time attentively scanning the countenance of the native,' and v hat brings you so farlrom your tribe i' ' Plenty blackfcllow tit down, all about, I believe,' said Marouya, not heeding the other 's-queation. ' I bclitue not,' replied the liirdcatcher. 'Moiouja been see jdenty!' ejaculated tha native, aa lie seated himself on his heels in front ol the otherr. Then drawing a pipe, tobacco, and tinder box from a una 11 btfg rolled up in his girdle, he tilled and lighted his pipe, and for some moments remained quietly smoking, Bt the same time eyeing Everington closely and suspiciously. 41 Wigat name, Biiiy : ' at length he asked pointing

toJiverfngton. The Birdcalchcr gave him the necessary information, ' as to the name, r- nidencc, -\c. of Everington, when the black said,— ' Good fellow, I believe ! ' ' Ay, bv, Morouya ( the real good old English atufl ; end a gentleman you needn't be at all afraid of, if so be you have anything to say.' l'or Hilly perctivrd by Mcrouya's iaanjier that he had soma cod munication to make. ' Two moons hove grown big since I left the Colo,' said the native. And here we may as well tell our readers that we shall drop the miserable jargon of the blacks, :md pive bis words as they would be if trans lated from the aboriginal tongue. ' The Ilarranjuee i luen are bandicoots, they lie in logs all dav, and at ) right murder our women and children as th' v sleep. I U hey are howling dogs and dare not look upon the j camp fire of a man.' \ ' 1 thought as much,' interposed tlie Birdcatcher, i »s if he at once guessed the other's meaning, Thtn, turning te Eve ring ton,—' What he calls the Barran jutes are the Broken May tribe, with whom the Colo men have ticcn at wsr as long as the oldest men of the tril/c. ton icmomboi. I've &et.n something of 'em niyself, and & set of hungry, sneaking, cowardly dogs they are, too. X thought that Die loot taoU men had at thtnt would have kept them quiet for seme time to come. What have they been up to now.' ' Atawr was an old man— his feet were heavy, and his tread startled the wallaby— his arm was weak, and the opossum laughed, for he knew the old man could not mount a tree. Ho dug yam with the gins. The liarranjueet fire native cats— the ear of Atawe was dull — they had the kidney fat of the old man,' ' And nuw you are after them to pay them out, 1 suppose t fisked the Birdcatclicr. 'When was Morouya two moons on the track of his foes without anointing his body with the fat of his enemies. The dogs of Morouya have fed upon the kidney fat of the Uarranjuees.' 'This is very horrible,' said Everington. ' These ]»or creatures surely have enough to combat with, in the alteration of their mode of life, in tbe viccs and diseases brought amongst them by Europeans, and in the gradual clearing away ot the forests that gave them food, without thus miBetahly taking cach other'; life.' ' That's light enough, matter,'' answered the Birdcatchcr ; ' hut here you have a set of sneaking devils coming down upon an unprepared tribe and j killing women, children, and old men, and what | V'ouli you have them do ? ' 'Let them seek the protection of tho law 1' re joined Everington. ?' Well, it wouldn't make much difference, because the murderers when caught would be hung ; and the black's method comes to the same end and eaves the expense of prosecution, and the disagreeable chance of I escape tlirough a llaw in the indictment.' | 'The master speaks good words,' here broke in 1 Moruya; 'the black has a hard light to live in the ' bush over the white man claims as his. It is the grog j of the while that is the greatest foe to the black. It prevents his spear from going straight, and makes his arm powerless to wield the tomahawk. He creeps up j the trce6 round the dwellings of the whites, and leaves the kangaroos to run unchased amongst the ranges. They have become as women and die by diseases such es our fathers never knew. In a few years only, and the face of a black will not be seen upon Colo,' and his head drooped down upon bis breast at the bitterness of the thought. Everington, who like most new arrivals, had a dislike to the blackB, here rose and prepared to depart temarking, ' It must bo past the dinner time, and we have already loitered here too long.' Billy followed his example, saying to Morouya, ' Come and lay down at my hut to-night.' Morouya gave a nod of assent, and Billy and Everington had already gone a dozen paces towards the farm, when the black suddenly called after them. ' Billy has not seen the blacks ' Not one this month,' answered Billy. ' And yet the B arret juee men are sitting down by dozens on the borders of Tuggerah Lake. They have left their gins on the Big Swamp.' ' Their gins not with them I Then they mean miscbicf '. So you hear that, matter ?' asked Billy, turning to Everington. 'Pooh! pooh !' answered the latter; 'there can be nothing to fear from these miserable creatures.' ' 'Well, they're not the plcasantcst neighbours to have, I can tell you ; and so you'll llnd before long,' grumbled the liirdcatcher, by no means pleased at Everington's light mode of treating what be considered to be a serious nature. ' Billv,' raid the black, as they were a second time about to' move away. ' The croppies have lighted their fires in tbe camp of the Barranjuees.' 'Bushrangers! And in lesgue with the blacks!'* cried tbe Birdcatcher, eagerly, ' What name ?' ' Beardy Charley,' responded Morouya. 'There you see I wasn't wrong in what I thought,' said die Birdcatcher, addressing Everington ; then, turning to Morouya, he asked, 'Are you sure of this f' 'Morouya lit liis pipe last night at the camp fire of a Barranjuee see ! At the same time he drew from the back part of the ample folds of his belt a dirty mass of unctuous matter— the kidney-fat of his foe. Everington turned away in disgust, whilst tlie Birdcatcher looked mournfully on the black. ' Moruya,' he said, 11 1 have known yon since you w ere only a piccaninny, and I never kno wed any harm

of you except jonly in this one matter of being too ready to tsae life. But you sec, matter,' and he addressed Everington apologetically on behalf of his old comradc, 'you See they're brought up to it from j the breast, and it comes to be almost a part of their ! natuie, and they can't help it. Though eoodaess { knows, I've talked the matter over more tnaa once j with Moruya, here; but somehow ho always got the j best of me in the talk. Perhaps because my gift don't lie in the way of argyfying. However, what he has done now has given ui a fair warning, and it will be our own faults it we don't take precaution to secure , ourselves fiom these double enemies.' So saying, I and nodding a friendly farewell to the black, lliily : followed Everington on tho track to the farm. When the two whiles had gone, Morouya sit for a few minuus smoking and examining his weapons, which ho laid down on the earth betide him. liiving finished his pipe, he put it away in the Utile sack, and was about to Mictch himself cut for sleep, when the calls of thirst drew him to the water hole. He arose and approached the pond, using great caution in reaching to the water, lest any tell-tale f»ot track should be left in the soft earth on its margin, to indi

I cate to the hostile tribe the presence of their mortal : foe, A thick tuft of wiry grass, growing at the water's edge, teemed to offer a convenient footing. On ap I proaching it two or three blades of bent down grass j appeared to call for minute inspection at his hands. | Bending himsclt over the spot, he examined the tuft narrowly until he appeared to have come to a satis factory conclusion, when he drew himself up, uttering i the ono word ' Ilarranjuee.' His keen sense of sight had told him that an enemy had not long before i trodden on that spot. He then knelt on the tuft and salified his thirst. This done, hit quick tyet were speedily engaged in following up the hostile track from this starting point. They led towards the appletree under which Everington and the Bird catcher had rested ; but, on the spot on which they had lain, the tracks were lost, the ground being rolled and trampled by their movements for some distance ] around so se abnolutely to obliterate the trail. For some time, he eagerly endeavoured' to pick up the ' lost trail beyond this spot, but without success until , at last, galled at his failure in that upon which the i native warrior most prides himself, and uneasy at I finding hithself directly £upon so recent a trail, he ; again Beated himself beneath the tree and remained I for a short time buried in thought, As if his miud ' had been made up, he suddenly started to his feet, snBtched up hie weapons, and strode away over tlie adjoining ridge towards the lake. ! Scarcely had Morouya disappeared across the | range, when a bold and cunning countenance was i tlirutt out from a hole in a hollow limb of the gigan tic apple-tree under which the colloi['iy had uken place. Having looked carefully round, and seen that the coast was clear, a pair of arms, a body, and two j legs followed the head, and a young black of not more than eighteen years of age, but ot a remarkably sinewy and active build, emerged from the hole, and descended the tree. His first action when he reached the ground was to rush to the cracks left by iloroiya, upon which be spat and stamped letting loose the while B choice assortment of aburiginal Billingsgate upon him w bo had made them; then, throwing out his arms, he indulged for a time in the war dance, hulling fierce di fiance at Morouya; and ultimately having fatigued himself by these warlike demonstra tions, he dabbed off withthespeed ofa kangaroo through the bush, and in a direction only slightly deviating from that taken by the foe of his tribe. (To be rotitinuil.)

Pnii.ohOruicAL Society or Ni:w South Walks. — The first meeting for the present year of the l'nilo Bophical Society took place on tbe lGth, in the hall of the Australian I.ibrary, Bent-strcct, and was made the occasion for holding a conversazione snd exhibi tion of artistic end scientific objects, — tbe members having the privilege of introducing their friends and families, 'ihe Hon. K. Deas Thomson, C.B., having taken the chair, the balance-sheet was read by the secretary, showing that, over and above the total amount of disbursements for the year to the 30th April last (£174 .Is. 9d.) the society has to its credit a sum of £18 6s. Gi., together witli £100 invested in debentures. Agreeably to the rules, the members then proceeded to an election of officers for the cur rent year, when the following gentlemen were duly chosen to fill the positions named, viz, President : - His Kxcellency Sir John Young, Bart., K C.B., fl.U M (j . Vice-presidents : Rev. W. B. Clarke and Hon. E. DeaB Thomson, C B. Hon. treasurer ; Mr. Christopher Rolleston. Honorary secretaries : Trofessor Smith and Mr. Alfred Roberts. Ordinary members of council : Mr. Charles Watt, Mr. \V. H. Stephens, Mr. Charles Moore, Dr. Williams, Mr. IS. Mcriarty, and Mr, P. W. Miller. Notice was given of the following candidates for membership, at the next election of members, viz : Mr. Henry Prince, Mr. William Hetzer, Mr. J. P. Toeephson, and Mr. I'rcderick J. Jackson. The exhibition to which we have alluded embiaced some fine photographs and engravings, as al»o some beautiful stereoscopes anr) atmuiu, wiiU'taiiuus «iihpki-j UceiguB in' Dronre and marble. A series of nine large scriptural engravings from original pictures, belonging to the Hon. E. Deas Thomson, attracted much attentiou ; as did also a collection of photographs shown by Mr. Muriel, of Oeorge-etreet, being portion of the con signment advertised for sale on Monday week next. It would be impossible in a notice like this to give an adequate description ot these last-mentioned works, the beauty and finish of which were the theme of general approbation. In every respect, they are superb triumphs of art, for, as regards light, shade, perspective, and proportion, it is impossible to point out a defcct in any one of them. The pictures are, in short, an evidence at once convincing and conclusive of tbe perfection of excellence to which sun-painting has been brought in Europe of late years. Amongst the colonial exhibits we may make special mention of the collections Bhown by Messrs. Hetr.er, Dalton, Olaister, and other resident artists, who had sent in contributions at the request of the society. In the botanical department, Mr. Charles Moore had the pleasure of showing some rare and beautiful plants — one of these, the Imatophyllum Hiniatum, being ex hibited in flower for the first time in the colony. The eame gentleman also displayed a specimen in flower of the llaphis Flabetlifotmie, some sprouts of the artca from New Caledonia, aud a fine specimen of the wax plant. Altogether the exhibition, if we may so call it, was of a very instructive andentertainingnature,and afforded much pleasure to the ladies and^gen tlemen who were present. We had almost forgotten to mention in connection with the business of the evening that the lion, secretary acknowledged the receipt of the first volume of Professor Mueller's work on the botany of Victoria, forwarded to the society on behalf of the Melbourne Government by the author, to whom a letter of acknowledgement has be hi sent. The Pii01'0k/:d Railway to Boiany.— A meeting of the provisonal ail ec tors of the Botany Railway Comoany was held on the 16th instant, at Messrs. ?Richardson and Wrench's Auction Rooms, in Pitl i street. The directors present were — Mr. Holt, M.L A., Mr. Lucas, M.L A., Mr. Henderson, and I Mr. llichardscn. Mr. Holt was voted to the chair. Mr. Lavclle, formerly a corporal in the Royal I Engineers, having been appointed to survey the line . to llotany, submitted to the meeting some elaborate ! plans and sections of the proposed line, which were i unanimously approved of. The route determined on | for the railway starts from the Parramatta line close toErskineville bridge at Newtown, and proceeds, in an I almost direct course towards Botany Bay, terminating ' at the mud bank about 2S0 yards to the west of the ) City Waterworks. The steepest gradient of the line ! is 1 in 42, and tlie sharpest curve is one of thirty i chains radius. The length of the line will ! be about three miles ; this, with tlie portion ' of the Government line which it iB proposed to use, ; will make tbe entire distance lrom Botany to Sydney 1 to be four and three-quarter miles. A conversation I ensued tespecting tha mode of construction which i should be adopted, but no resolution was arrived at. i Mr. Lucas expressed great confidence that the line : might be made for about £2000 per mile. The only i formal business done was the appointment of a depu : tation, consisting of Mr. Holt, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Lord, l and Mr. Henderson, to wait upon the Minister for i Works for the purpose of asking permission _ for the Botany Railway Company to run their trains on a portion of the Government railway. _ Wre were in formed that it is not intended, in carrying out the line to Boiany, to employ a professional engineer, but that an inexpensive plan of construction recommended by Mr. Lucas would, in all probability, be adopted. Fatal House AocinEST. — On Tuesday an accident occurred to Mary Cronen, step-daughter to Mr. Boyle, which we regret to say terminated fatally. It appears that tbc young woman had lately bcen engaged as Eery lint to Mrs. Rose, and was, on the day in question, on her way to Mudgee, in company with Mr. James, of Gratti, who was mounted upon a rather fast horse. The unfortunate girl was but an indifferent rider, and her horse was likewise very hard mouthed. Mr. James, having got ratber ahead, deceased's horse started at full speed off the road into the bush, and ran against a tree, which struck her on the head, causing her to fall over a branch which was inclining towards the ground. Bhe was instantly brought into Mudgee, where the received every attention, but the injurv was fie severe that she expired on the following morning.— Wcilcm Foil ?