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Chapter NumberIII.
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Full Date1884-07-12
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Newspaper TitleSingleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954)
Trove TitleBonshaw: A Moreton Bay King
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CHAPTER III.

Kikc. Bonhhaw, accornp&niod bj a whitti man, wis making hia Tray toward* tho camp on tho namo afternoon that Goorgo left .Pino Creek Station, #9 mentioned at tho end of last

chapter. Tho/ wero fioing down tho fnco of a ?teop rarine, whon tho crtioklin? of dry and dead branches and the tread of a horse's hoof sounding from the yalley .bononth aircstod their attention and progrcJe. The powerful eyo of the king soon detected his brother, George, on horseback, and he sp?.d down tho ravino to meet him. The kinf* had claimed Georgo as his brothor vrhen they first saw each other, bocauno tho former saw a resem blance to his deceased brother, nud concluded ho had como back to thin world again. Erer since, thoy had bocn Irionds and brothers. The whito man who accompanied the king ? hung baok. Instead o£ meeting the new comer ho kept on his course, and when he caino to a favorable apot disappeared. Ho was living at tho nativn camp. His namo was David Triggs, and ha was known, in the distriot in connection with homo ugly deeds. Tho whito people in the district b&ted him, and it was returned with interest. Trig??, when a convict at liedcliffo, was pout out to a station, ac was usual, nml bad to report himself to the governor of tho Con vict Station at stated intervals. While allowed this liborty they wore etiU convicts, and wtrt> liable to ba punished by tho gover nor for misconduct. This man was lazy, insolent, and drunken, and was reported and punished frequently; but of no avail. 110 wsi about five foet high, lar?o body and stumpy lees, bent but broail xhouldcrs, a thick black bushy beard and moneiache, which completely hid a pair of thin cruel iipa. He had lost an eye and the one that remained squinted. This preposscasint; object was sent to Pine Creek St%tion, but "after n series of crimes more or less wicked, ho made hia eacapo and went to livo with tho natives. Shortly before his disappearance a " ugw ehntii " csrao to the station. The " new chum " had been ft resectable ploughman in ono of tho richest HjjriculturM parts of tho Lothians of Scotland; and, despairing of ever bom},' tho owner of hie own plough and horace, ho had eet (tail for sunny Australia. Ho cimt, as his first statt, to tho Pine Creek, and had only been thcro ft few days when Triggseoncoived a great hatred for him, and was heard to utter some sinister threats nboufc " the now ohuiil." 1119 only fault was that he wai "? ? now chnm." It was p&rt of tho new chum's duty to bring in all tho lambs and sheep int? a fenced paddock every night, so as to afford somo protection from thenntivo dogs ordinfio that prow!ed about in largo numbers, and were Tery destructive. Or.o dark, stormy evening when tho rain was falling heavily, the bleating of a lamb was heard outside. The new chum at onco started to his feet, end, although the others advised him not to go, ho wont saying— " I could not Bleep while it is out there bleating." Ho followed tho bleating down the creek and across tho crook, and over tho undulating country for mile?; sometimes tho bleating was bo near ho fancied he oould put out his hand and catch tho lamb—then it ceased, and came from another quarter, junt indistinctly heard aboTO the roaring and sighing of the wind among the giant eucalipti, and alto gethor drowned in tho loud pe:ila of thundnr. He peered into tho darkness, and as each flash of lightening light up tho forest land or cant a dim light into the thick scrub ho tried to catch a glimpsa of the straying lamb. Only onco in tho light of a very brilliant flash ho saw a figure flit bohind a tree. That figure was unmistakoable. It was Trigg'e. Tho new chum wan a good man, with a good conscioncQ and a stout heart; ? strong eeneo of duty was uppermost in his mind. Ho heeded the apparition liule, but Btill fol lowed tho bleating of tho lamb, and kept n tirm grasp of his stout stick incase of attack. The country now beeamo rough. Thu bleating entirely consod ; and, tired nnd ox haustod with his fruitless Rcarch, the now chum lay down beneath a spreading bunya bunya. Next morning tho now chum was still absent, nnd nover came back ; but all the sheep nnd lambs were thero ; not ono absent. Suspicion feli upon Triggs. Ho had fre quently been hoard to imitate birds and beiiats. Tho bleating of tho kmb sounded peculiar to one of tho men, and he xomoin bored it. Triggs was the wolf that had usud the lamb's bleat; he ran away, but was doomed to come back again. Months afterwards the remains of the new ohum was found blenching on a hillsido. Ho lost hie reckoning and had wandered in a hilly, barren country, where there was neither water nor food, until ho dropped exhausted dead. (To be Continued.)