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Chapter NumberXXXIV
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Full Date1884-12-27
Page Number6
Word Count3061
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Newspaper TitleClarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)
Trove TitleJohn Brown and His Dog Faithful
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Ever since, the time .lohn Brown escaped being buried alive, Achates seemed to live with but one motive or thought in his mind, namely, to Bhow hy every act his sorrow for what he considered his blind- ness and stupidity. He would hardly allow John Brown out of his Bight. His one prayer seemed to bo, to die for his friend. Boswoll never worshipped Johnson with greater attachment and odherenoe than Aohates did John Brown. Till tho hoar of Achates' death he was John Brown's /teing shadow.

John Brown and Aohates decided, somu twetye months after Lyndhurst's death, to return to Eng- land. Alter having visited and " dono " Sydney and South Australia, a:id after spending some timo in New South Wales, they went to Adelaide, to''do" that colony, whioh proved n fatul visit to Aohates.

During their stay in South Australia, John Brown and Aohates hearing so muon of Port Lincoln Har- bour-a harbour many consider second to none in the world, not omitting Port Jao.son,-which is unique as regards scenery, uncomparable in many ways, or losing sight of the fine bay of llio Janeiro, one of tho most magnificent of natural h labours in tho world,!

Tho harbour of Port Lincoln is so land-locked, tho ontranoo so open and clearly defined, tho lay so deep, and freo of rocks and shonls, that the Great Eastern could enter and rido safely ut anchor during the rag- ing of tho groutrst storm. ' ¡

Had tho back and surrounding country of Port Lincoln boon equal to tho noble and grand harbour, the City ol' Adelaide would not have been to-day where it is, for Port Lincoln would havo boon tho metropolis of South Australia. ? I

After seeing what was to bo seen at Port Lincoln, John Brown and Aohates determined to seo all they could ! made up their minds to go overland to Port Augusta ria''Franklin Harbour, und'.thon cross tito Gulf, nnd away buck to Adelaide I

They started from Port ; Lincoln on horsobnok, orosslng tho Sod Uiver noar tho Poonindie £< utlyo Institution, whioh was founded by tho present Bishop of Brisbano-tho good and most indefatigable Mathow .Halo, who Bpont his-own private, moans, strongth, energy, aud . brains "to'Christianize and ameliorate tho condition of the aborigines of South Australia, God did, and has acknowledged his nobb otfoits, for many of tho aborigines in timo were ulilo to say forvontty-in health, sicknoia, and death " God bless Mathew Hnle." - j

John Brown and Achates . wont on by Faintly, through the then thick scrub to Franklin Harbour, a Btation owned by Dr.'' , once a modioal prac- titioner in England, a porson who till his death from tho time ho squatted at Franklin Harbour, ledi a kind of nomad, Robinson CrtiBoo lifo, for his com Eanions were the sabio aristocracy ot tho district ;

e tho noblo, or ignoble, chief person of tho state Government,, in cortain rules and regulations not utopian. . I

John Brown and Aohates left tho harbour ht good spirits, wonding their way, and camping out in truu

Australian bush style,«» route for Port Augusta. I

Ono evening, ns tho sith .was setting, they went into camp some fifty miles from the head of Spencer's Guif. They had not Been any natives during their day's ride, so made a firo, fooling perfectly scouro. !

Tho aborigines weru not sure in thoso parts in those days, and oaroful, cautious bushmen thought twice before they made or kopt up u night Uro, know- ing that a fire too often betrayed the place of a camp to hostile natives. . ,, |

'"I hove for months, ovon during winter,being com pollcd to aol thuB-got my tea say at four o'clook In tho afternoon, then1 quench tho smalt fire, and nt once rldo on for nu hour or two and quietly oanip. My lifo aud tho lifo of my party woro savod moro than ouuo by this precaution. Voa, ono night, in tho fooo of all my party, I Inulto enforce my authority, and it,was n wot night, und as next day provod, that night would have boon, our lust, for wo would hnvo huon massacred if 'I had not made a linn stand

against having a lire. j

, I was nearly clubbed and .sjiourcd ono night by having a fire. I never forgot it. '

With this slight digression, I will return,to John Brown and Achates. . j), Í ' j

AU wont well that night, a gontlo rain foll during tho first part of it, causing John Brown to piuco n picco of bedtiok ho hud in an awning position over their hoads. ' At daylight noxt morning somo nativo women wore .sent from a camp of soma hundreds pt aborigines to collect water-hen eggs down. a water- course, by tho side of which John Brown and Adietes were oatnped. Thoy know not of this camp of na- tives, for a small lilli hid tho natives' camp from vlow j and further, it was vory late when tho nomad pcoplo reached their old camping ground. Also, tho native mon. and women egg-hunters had no idea whites were oamped nnywhore In tho vicinity. ;

Down tho wntor-ohonnol tho women went gather- ing thair lord and masters' broakfast, till tholr sharp eyes saw' tho bcdtioklng stretched on tho upright sticks. At once they know it was a white man's camp, , Down on their hands and knees they went, and with serpent-like movements hastened away till they got a sufficient distance from John Brown's camp. Thon they roso to their foet, and with the speed of a red Indian or a deer, hastened book to their eamp, and with bated breath told their tribe what thoy lind soon, Tho saged of tho camp Immedi- ately held a council of war. One native moro bald than tho rest, because he hod visited white sottlo moiits frequently, said ha would go and seo what camp lt was. By the strongth of tho party his offer was accepted. j

Ai sunrise John Brown and . Aohates were up- john Brown aoting cook, and Achates groom of the stables-each acting unconsciously of what had br was taking placo in tho nomad house of lissombly. j ''

Tho two woro sitting down to their broakfaat, and John Brown was raising n pannican of tea to his Hus, when he saw tho nativo ambassador standing fifty yards from the camp, perfectly nude and motionless, and armed with nativo Weapons.

John Brown called out for th!» sabio individual to como forward. 'm in lu I M

; Ho did BO, with a certain degree of! ndaiiinucli BIIV licss and timidity. Moat, liruiul, und Uuiwurrioifcrpl him, which Itu look his fill of, and told JultuiBruvm

! of ^at naujv* woaytj'i mit, ko. 'Some sf thw-patives,

he said, bsd never aeen a white man. ' Woagd he go to their camp .' -

Jofcn. Brown eventually arranged to go half way, and the natives to come tho other half. He firmly stipuJaterl that' no »pears or other native weaponB were to be brought on to the neutral ground by che


This was arranged.

Achates and John Brown saddled up, while the native returned to his oámp to inform the inhabitants

of the result of his mission. "?'

ftsionn as John Brown and Aohatesreached the top br the hill, they aaw in the distanoe men, to all appearance at ant black stumps, gathered round the envoy, . Tho whole camping place was dotted with block objects, looking on the white, sandy spot like black stumps of trees.

John Brown and Aohates dismounted at tko meet- ing place, and soon afterwards they saw some twenty men, quite naked, leave the camp and hasten towards them. The remainder of the tribe-man, women, and children-watching from their elevated position tho meeting of their dusky friends John Brown and


John Brown watched their approach, and saw they

were unarmed. "i

I would say hore in these reminiscences, I am en- deavouring to keep as olose to facts that I was a party


Only the man who had acted as envoy was able to speak a word of English, consequently, tho' the natives kept on speaking incessantly, not a word was understood by our hero and his friend.

Amongst the natives was a strong, active, lithe native, about twenty-eight years of age, perfectly naked, with only a small band of hair-a kind of rope, quarter inch thick around his waist.This man John lirown noticed, closely watahed every movement of hisr again and again John Brown fixed his searching eyes on this mun, butonuld detect nothing explainable. Aohates also noticed the man never turned his back on them.

At last tho ambassador native signified 'that thu

interview was at an end.

John Brown was a littlo back of Achates, with his eyes fixed a moment-it was but a moment-on a nativo flower at his feet. That moment was watched for, arid embraced by tho young litho native ubovc Hjiokcn of. A boomerang was instantly drawn from behind 1IIB baok-held there by tho band of human nativo: hair before mcntiuned-and was sent liko a flash of lightning at John Brown.

Aohates saw the deadly weapon oomingand sprung before John Brown to save the life of his friend at

the cost of his own, and received the weapon fairly on his chest. The boomerang was thrown with Huon force, and with Buoh deadly aim, purpose, and skill, that it buried itself in Achates' chest. Too late John Brown saw what was done-too late to saVe his pre- server. The natives were off, for all hod been pre- arranged, and John Brown was judged tho leader, or master, trespassing on tho natives' country.

John Brown's quick decision told him who tho guilty nun was. '

From his belt he drew his revolver,, and shot through the heart the mon who threw tho boomerang as be sped along. He jumpeu feet in the air, and bit the dust, Then John Brown sent another ball through the lungs of the native envoy friend, Ho, too, fell to rise no more.

. Instantly the whole of the men of the camp rushed forward with spears, shields, and clubs, to complete

their scheme.

John Brown said the odds were too groat, BO with tho strength of a Goliath ho pioked lip Achates, and mounted his horse, and at once made away across tho plain.

A perfect showor of spears wero sent through tho air. after him and the riderless horse of Achates, that followed in a mad gallop his companion,

John Brown saw, tho' Achates was not dead, yet he

had received his (loath wound.

On, on, the horses wont, tho natives following tho trucks till they found it usoless.

At last John Brown stepped for Aohates' sake. No mother could have been moro kind and assiduous than John Brown was to his bosom companion.

Thu first words Aohates spoke when in¡oamp, tak- ing John Brown by the hand, were,

" I can, old mun, now die content. I would atone -I would die-I have saved you. I would atone for, for those days I thought you no more."

John Brown gently laid his hand on Achates'mouth, as ho dropped silent tears on th» hand he clasped with a warmth of feeling. Ko did all that mortal man could do for his moro thun friend that night alone, but he:plainly saw Achates was sinking. Thirst and fear raged through tho volns of Achates..''At times ho was in o state of wild dolirinm,.speaking to his sisters and old folks at homo ; then he was''ut Kew hotel, watching at John Brown's bedside ; then offer- ing up a prayer of thankfulness that his guido nnd friend: was not dead ; then patting in his'joy tho old dog on his hoad lor his sagacity. For hours this state of things went on, till near the break of doy. Onoe moro consciousness,returned. Then ho placed his hand once moro, and looking up into'John, Brown's troubled fiioo,said, in feoblo voioo,- . ,."iV«i.»

" John Brown, I feel I am dying fast. i Do not in niiy way regret this journoy ; blame not tho.ignornnt natives for what they havo dono.'';, Remember tho words of our Muster as ho hung on the oross, when Ho prayed for His murdorers and tho gamblers at tho very foot of His cross. , Hasten honië,'and',*téll thom all thiit'I die happy ¡ yos, happy in tho contemplation that you aro ¡saved-happy in thu hour of douth, of my soul's,salvation in tho.Biirq rook,,ChristyA

Tell dear Hebb thnt'I bless'her with my dying breath.',,'Forget not tho good, old' dog J il ain'i'glad ho is not hero to'soe me die. 'I feol he. .wllfihourn for mo. ?* My will is with old .Quill,: .,'¡411,1,, havo is loft to Madam tedra , Boll iii Dampiorro, ford folt towards her as I felt' towards no other woman ; but when I saw Do Worfc.with her, nudknowall, I, was^ilent, for Do Wert is a man in' o thousand.'1' ,Tlioy;will morry, and may God's, blessing, bo' on their marriage The nionoy I havo willed to her will mókií thom Indepen- dent. . ' Give my dying love to Lodru.¿¡'iMy,;buriul I leavo'to yoUj good-good-goodly light come,

'AOhatoswas dead--died,in'the hushed, still morn- ing,1'as day was broaking^'^ '!

Poor Achates, ho loved John Brown in lifo and in

death.« ?>?:! ?-:m: .- . .-,?:":.> r" .-s ns!«!. £:.l* , ^

Reader, let us loavo John; Brown alono in Iiis deep grief by thé side of Achates,'in tho lona,'isolated bush. Wo will not break upon his presence till noon of that

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AÍ¡ 12 o'clock that day John Brown had ovdrything ready fofa start. ..'?{.,'* , ;'.^.!,"',.;H''A

.Hw plans' were decided. ' No' thought > chloral his mind. of, leaving. tho body of his doini=f riond, lu what ho considered that unhallowcd'oduntry. No, it'should havo' Christian ...burial j it.éhould. not bo loft iii tho'wilds of Australia. : i i i¡'»iitn

John Brown carefully prepared tho body, and placing it on tho horse Aohates had ridden from Port "Lincoln, ho ' started. Tho: exact direction to go ho.know not, for in his hard' ride from tho nativo camp ho had got astray, lost his reckoning^'.') |

Tor] two, days and nights' ho. rodé ,he .knew not whore, (having lost his compass during;his.'CBonpo | rodo on nnd on without water, under n' burning South Australian sun,His sufferings ,wcro great ; a burning thirst took possession of him. Cast down in mind and body, jot on ho weht'ovcr a sandy, water- less country, ho felt that fever and dollrium wcro creeping upon him. ? Tho burning thirst:waB so great tho third doy that he opened a vein1 in'h.isjhtirso and drank somo of : its blood. " At' noon, W Mt lip could go no further, so ho dismounted and burned out tho horses tordo tho best they could for themselves, lt was an intensely hot day-the sun T2S'in'fcneV/i/r/V.

.John,Brown .folt that he; must-.die.uso,-.carefully plabing'tho body of Achates under a Shady buBh, ho laid himself down by its side, feelirig;rie had but few hours to live, and tying"ono of hie,handset]10 dead body of his'friend that he might be os far as possible united in his death to his friond FlduB Achates.

So ho was found1 unconscious,' as the sun was set- ting that day by two natives.. ;,Seeing. thcyct living man " tied to tho dead,'thejveOnolndod they were brothers who had hist thoir way:; tho''tho, natives would nob touch tho body óf tho dendj they ¡took up

tho unoonscious John Brown and carried) him to a neighbouring station. Itomedics woro used and ho was brought back to lifo. i " i<ï

Iiis first words were of Aohates. In duo timo his

body was brought in, and received Christian burial as far as possible. ¡ ? ? / '- /

:,.' To finish hero of poor Achntes, I will at onoosny John Brown toole tho neccssnry stops, and took'tho body'to England, placing it in tho family vault whero Auhntes'grandslros loy, . . ' ,'.: <'

Wo next moot with John Brown iif Victoria, greatly changed, for tho death of Achates Was a groat blow to him. : Tho shook hod turned his'hair groy, and for mouths and months bc was, haver known to smile.1 When Hobo heard all, she won-' dcrcd not nt tho chango In her guardian ; her Borrow,' was deep.

?">Tho;oitl dog;Faithful whined and*whined.iiskho stood'by his mauler's sido, and wuut' hitfu and'thero

M if looking for some one. At lost he seemed to comprehend that something had happened, and for eight and forty hours he lay in one oomer of John Brown's bedroom, every ow aud again giving forth very plaintive cries, daring which time he only gave a low sound of grief, or a lament or a groan when


Regarding Hebe, she ie turn ed to England with Mrs Ledru ftollin De Wert, who was deeply tommed 1 at hearing from John Brown the last words of Achates regarding herself.

Hebe never married. She had wealth, and in time tho' but, we may say, an Australian educated girl, an Australian trained lady, she with the aid of John Brown's friends at first, and then by her own solid merits, gained such a footing in society-even ia con- servative, aristocratic England-that many higher born might envy.

Offers of marriage Hebe had iu abundance, but to all was the saran reply, with a gentle shako of her head,

" My love is buried."

What she exactly meant by these words none could tell. Hebe mai/ have meant har love was buried in the grave ; or, what I um inolined to think, her love was buried in her own breast.

John Brown was a passenger in the same clipper Hebe went to England in. He never married, for he was a mun, as Achates used to say, who loved bnt


John Brown and Hebe acted and even appeared in society as father and daughter tn England.