|Newspaper Title||The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||The Bush Wedding|
TIH' BUSH WFDDING. [By J:R. L ochCELA.] AvUtheori of ".Goulbtlrn Mary," "Little Miother," " Mr. Bunvip," or " Mary de; ! Somerville s Rlamble," &e c. .:' ' C u rir a Ill. We' lwill now leave the young couple to their bliss, as well as others makingfrom':the different points of the compass, and return- foramoinent -to-the one common rallying ground, the " Shearers' Arms," which in those early,days to which we have recently referired, had oft resounded with the liveliest mirth, sometimes of not the most refined kind, but which now 1:'iji-ified in a great measure by the hand ofTiine, had been florally deco rated-pretty devices and words of ~vclcome greeting the eye here and there-and generally made as attrac -tive as possible for the reception of the young couple whose advent from town was so anxiously expected. The number of "invites " we found to be considerable. Over plains and ranges camo horsemen, swimming 'ltheit~steeds across streams in some cases, rather than take the trouble to go a little farther round to a bridge, or other recognised means of crossing, water having for them no terrors, they having too often crossed swollen creeks and rivers and flooded land -for that, for many of them travelled at times with stock between Queens land and Melbourne, and could tell of " mowing' accidents by'flood and field." As they rode along in com-: pany the spilit of. enmulation would .-rom-time to time'be'aroused in them, when to test the relativa 'nierits'??f their "bits of blood': they '?wdild' gradually increase their piace, till, that of racing would be attained, they nearly driving wallabys, .bandicoots, and other bush_denizens, .furred -and feathiered, out of their senses, as they3 would send-thein' scamperin ig in all directions, they verily believing their ,last liotir had come; whilst' flocks of cockatoos, perched in "monarchs sof the' forest" under wiclih the riders -would pass,' would gave.vent :to such deafening unearthly. screechings as to ?taiutethle?th.to still further increase their speed ,should such be possible. .When the riiders had e:ached' a suf ficient distance -to make it safe for theni' tT?o 'do, Joey a .and his friendi lf'ter "'l avig suf'sficiently collected their scattered senses, w'ould stand, or- more properly speaking, sit up right- in the case of the- wallabys aiid otherstof that "'ilk" and watelh? their retreating forms, till they had faded away in the distance, wondermg the while.;hi~at;all this ;eccentricity, as they oddinsidered it, could possibly m'eaii They might have saved them selves, by-the-by?e,.all anxiety on the score-of their own 'safet', the young fellows ihaving,.no.time just then to waste, upon mirsupials , and such small deer,: something of far.greater interest than a kangaroo or -wallaby chase awaiting them-at their journey's fd.Heie aind tIhere upon the, ay pariities &ofcio, cIo. -,upoI n a, foraging e?'edition, in theirn- usual :-deep mourning, attire, _kept their 0eyes firmly, 'fixed upon the - mad-cap questrians, fully expecting, not to say . -hoping,; some' misliaji ;would befal their horsesi at the rate they werne7 tesring •along- the, running against a .tree, the stumbling, into wombat holes, or t bhe, lieing pitched upon their heads,?or-something of the kind,. and, iw hichl woildd render'them permanent settlers thelre, (and they had sedeni su;ch lithion before)-in which: eseiit' the aforesaid gentle men in- black would libe-nly, too lihappiy'totaked ch-agie of theirremains and perform a postj iorteee thereupon. Some of the young fellows, travel. lingain'd6mpany had been unable, in their-overflowing---exuberance? of spirits, ;to resist putting~ tb?ir horses at a few soin'E;hni?stlff'fences in one particular -instance; unsuccessfully, the cusial riesult bof a tdo'i ~fi'ring ambition; a fall ensuing,,iboth horisl and rider reaching the towtnship in anything 'hbut -fit':'c?onditi?n for a wedding -festiral?-, the- pair.? being stuccod' 'wit;h i .ih chocolate soil, which owing 'to?' tli recent smart shqwvers ecluug ..most. tenaciously closer even than -a-brother-to the horse's flanks' and :legso-asi'r?ell as to the--rider's -garmentsr -his -face also having undergonei a -little. paiiiiting bf this nature the old adkge'in liis rcase being U v- ified:'' thit;"' oJfeatt- y iibi adiri-Ž,' i;s adorined .the ist.. Hec would ,lise been,,one wvould -have thought, a fitter subject.:for coni-" misei-tiitib' brit was received with loud-laughter,?-ironical clicT-, - iTfid hat warvinogs by. the 'various groups of yonng fellows assembled.about tle nu, the gauntlet ,pof. a~;hose merrment ?e" had to i-r?un, enil quiries beingmniade as' tf?''that parnt of the country hle-and his horse lad been dug froin', aindho munch womqjld he "ascale" just as lie, as, aiid if lhe had. left .any ::more ;like ,;himself behi'?idland if the pair of thenm were sdiwfwith ith heah-t what .ould lthey give ti'the cire, iitvl otli" r l equially agreeable questions. IIn order. to escape' the galling ba-itering, lie beat a hasty- retreat.-to' the store of the brillegroom -Cand his father,, and secured rainentire iw oiutfit in irdl?r to presentiasdecent appearauie before the wedding guests. Into't'e to?dn shi +theyept corming, singly;iifi) cou'plesg,; nd groups, as they had started fi-om homne, or met _ .uloii' the "way; Benalla, NTagambie, the Stirtilbogie Ranges, the "Big H ill," and a score of intervening villages&atd hamlets furnishling each its contingent; free selectors with their"families in various descriptions of vehicles; from the ordinary farm produce -cart, usually employed for carrying live stock of a very different kind, and to a very different market than the matrimonal one, to -the buggy of nmore or less pretentions appearance. Ah ! here comes in his old, rattle-trap buggy,;which has not seeii a coat of paint within the mcmompy?pof the oldest resident-and he is said to beas warm in.tlhe pocket as anyone' about these parts-old Sam S :'~'(well-known throughout the north-east district), and in his shirt sleeves too, as usual, for he is a bit of an oddity in this respect. It is his boast that hlie has never had a coat upon his back since hlie came to the countr,, some forty years since,; and.,certainly no oue has ever seen him wear one. He regards the wearing of a coat, li he will tell you, as a sign of weakucess r foppisihness. Two of his grown-up sons, who work with him on the farm, and a daughter of tcveyteen ars-, willl him i(ho has beeti ii widdwer niany y~ears.) Thlese . , . .. ~ -; . , ,, - , '?
begged him, before starting, to waive, upon this aspiciious occasion, his long established custom of going coatless-to present, as they put it, "a little civilized appearan;e"-and they display considerable taste in the matter of dress themselves,-but all to no purpose. "No," replied he, I' f they don't care to see me amongst enm at.. the wedding in my shirt sleeves, I can just stop at home. I was married in my shirt sleeves, and tire parison that married your mother and me wasn't too proud to marry us in his shirt sleeves," (the old gentle man had evidently mistaken lawn for linen.) " I went to all your christen ings in my shirt sleeves, and I mean to be iuried in 'ear. I aint going to turn dandy at this day, not if I know it." He rarely goes to church, having ab horror of the plate like many another well-to-do yet tightly grasping indi' vidual. He had often said that if Her Majesty herself should ever ..invite him to Buckingham Palace, she'd have to receive hl it-in his shirt sleeves? Should he be permitted bhy Her Majestv to appear before-lier' in this way, he will -have. ie: believe, the distinguished honbur' of boing"' tji first to whmrn the coiccssion :wa evCr made. Into the tori?nslip they kept troop .ing, boundaryi+.riders" asid':: other. station hands, these in soiiti''ecases wearing "strapped " trousers, i.e.; the inner portLion of the legs of these aities of "attire' cove;ed with"lia second material of a,:different color, usually much 'lighter, and'iof't iore enduring nature to Protect them1 from the, friction caused by riding, and,:ihicl~ gives the wearer, wheni dismounted, a very-leopard-like look.i Some of these nighth lie seen withl crimson silk sashes '-encircling their; waists,. the, .fringed. ends opf-y which fell giracefully.oer, tlieii hips. They, seemed in some--cases to "fancy. themselve's".. -rs'--they:pulitit in the bush), not, a little,.from the manner in whiclithey kept gyeang that some what showy article, of adornment. Young, fellows working ,their, own seletiris were; t!here; others like our ,tyvical young .friend,. .whom:,we recently saw start away with his "ladye-love,i'.i'employed liith their parents,. and- who, -in -some ecases, followed - shearing as; well, :acfioi pauIied by sweethlearts, sis?e?;, an d'"coisins?-; con vefiied t r?ehtion ship this latter_ by the'?bye.-both young men riand maidens profusely decorated':\ithl fldwers? .dome indeed sporttingi nosegays of brobdingunagian proportions? arid- "`sviich" -in "''this respect mighrt-well:-h?,ve caused an ordinary-sizedj cauliflower. to look paler thani ever .witlh envy.- One young'fellow, in the spirlit of fun and satirical allusion tr tlee dirnensrops of sombe of tihe bonquets caused con- siddrable medrimt'et" b3y- flasteniiig't cabbage, obtained 'frono" 'inine host's garden, to his--coat,c , parading abofiut IthIe tn?liil:i therewitl, a'nd becomiri in coiscquare,.,tle.' 'ob± served of all observers !"'idc:havinig, as a further 2resultvof his dry humor, to stand a ritunningr fire of raillery which, IhoWeiover he uis ruaqite capable of doing, :usuilly,,:eturnPing as;- good asobas given. - ; ti, l ' (To be Coirtiasere.)