|Newspaper Title||The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||The Bush Wedding|
. - -TrE--BUSHI WEDDING. ' c - - - [BY J. R. LocKYEAiz.] t * Authbr of " ouilburn' Mary," "Little Mother," "' Mr. Bunyip," or "Mary - " ' om'erville's a Ramble," &c., &c. . .. CJAPTEIR IV. • " You jest do look killin' you do so, s thiere'ds no gammon. That flower of a yours 'ud go well with a bit of bacon." i " Ah I'm not like you chaps, all for ( show. I go in for the useful as well I as ornamental, This is the sort of I flower I believe in ; when I've done t with it, don't ye see, it'll do to go into the saiucepan," retorted the youthful original, a sapling of nine i'eei, tjiih'' piercing black eyes, and skin nearly as dark as a Spaniard's,' five feet eleven, with not an ounce of superfluous flesh about him, tough as whalebone. and flexible as an eel.| The swiftest runner and highest jnumper'abont those parts, the taking of th'` stiffest fence. was as plaýy to him. "It'll take ye' all your time [though to keep .the'girls off,": replied a third speaker,: "iand if ye should manage, to do' that, you'll have to keep a sharp look out after the cows.". But without" deigning furthler reply, away he str6ode, atliumb'in each arm] bhoble of his .WaistcQat,, and chest throwni out like a pouter ,pigeon's, raising his hast with the aiir of. a busli Beau Brummel to-this or that female oni-horseback or conveyance lifting children from the latter,, as. well .as -iassistingi their mothers and others to alight, and equestrienies: when un accompanied by males, to dismountn as they would drive or rein up 'in 'front of the inn,-pretending, every n6WTand theni tomistake some young 'ifeialde'r other for the bridlie: eself,' and offering lie ill sorts of congratnu lations;,upon theb happy event, ex .pressing his -regret at the same time itntat he'd not- madeher: acquaintanice at an early period, when matters mightiliave"gone 'differently, aan'd( so "forth 'tliahkiing her all the same but he wouldn't take anlything jus? now, but 'sr'ome other time he would bd .iimostlhappy-to drink- her and her ,husband's health-(it is needless to say hle had. not been solicited to-re -friesih. himself in- any sucli 'way) winding:up: by asking her, should she' see his old friend the Governor, whom he expected up from town to learn -his views upon certain state matters, .to tbll- him bed'l meet him- at " Jack's "-the -name by which thd :proprietor of thlie "i Searers' Armis' w 'as familiarly kiown .anid., have a p'itch' ?with him on politics," .wind-' ing up as he would leave her with a stave of some locally popular'song, or f avourite in the shearing sheds.' i a"iMany were" the' triumphs of the local dressmakers" art, the resources of whose establishments. had- been 'subjected to a pretty severe strain. for. some, time past, Euroa, Benalla, and ev'en distant Wangaratta being also laid under contribution to supply the' girl's 'requirements. If the r dresses were not ini all cases in strict accordance with the most correct taste; judging by the standard established by the leading Melbourne "Modistes"' they wer6e, neveitheless, calculated to display to' advantage tihe wearer's comely forms, the colors of the ,materials employed being- the reflex of the wearers'- natures-bright and .joyous. ...' earty 'lbokiig lasses were they for the most part, with voices sti:engthefied by breathing the pure, odor-laden "air"arounid themr-would their poor town - sisters - crowded in factories'were as well circumstanced ,in this respect !- amongst other things by giving the " Coo-oo-ee" at meal and other" tinies to;'fathers and brothers working in paddocks often '"'ahy 'hIundieds_ of yards, from .the Shomeiteadd: .A little boisterous they i.nmight, perhaps,liavc appeared viewed !;by. the .light:bofth stricter code of town etiquette, but it was abbisteir onsness' firee,, froni any unbecomin' "efdeni64ts' aid 'born of .bush freedom alone. Their hearty peals:of laughter; as they rode or drove into- the town! .'shipiwith tlieirmasývains would doubt less have startled in, some cases tihe more refined'aiid jsensitive of their to.wn sisters, .though in, point, of genieral morality the bush-'girl'iwill Scompare favoribly with" the "best of them, " Her heirtaits sound'as a bell, and her tongue the clapper." I?Iit6 'the .towssship they,kept coming from ev'eLy point of :the compass, till such groups were assembled both "'.vitlihii aand outside the' inn as1 had never before been witnessed 'since its 'doors' were fist tliross'u open to tie puiblic some quarter of a centuary bofore..' Such, happy looking sun burnt faces; such hearty grips of the hand' 'as' to make the fingers tingld Sagain; uel i refreshings of the memory of events in by-gone days of common -interestfto both old and youing about, those parts,' with, )references in the case of some of-them to older times .'still in.the dear oldUand 'beeyoid 'the "sparkling waters', the 'ciadle6 5of "d race""That precious stone'setihm the silver.sea,' shosc sone have founded "a "eater Britainm' :and bettered there the- lesso.s.in liberty they had learnied in that dear, far-off father land; that gradiioldoland,'whiilhhas: given to the siorld a Sliakespeare, S-a"T'ilton, and a' Newton, theO Christiana philosopher, auWilberforce, a Fry, and -ao-Howard,-and a whole army of: devoted workers:' .ii a hundr'ed spiritual and philanthropie directions; nhehr anid dwomen'"wlh6'have'giveri their time, and-means, and lives indeed, for the mi~iehioration of the condition of the poor, "the afflicted, and .oppressed of every race, and creed, 'and clime. ":For.; the hearts of some of the elders gathered there-" whose limbs were made in England" and whose 'vell-knit, sturdy sons and comely "daughters were making the township rimg again with their mirth-still 'affectionately clung to the homes of 'theii' boyhood, some smiling village *it may be, with its Hawthorn-hedged 'shady lanes, where blackbird, and ithrush, and nightingale make both iday and night melodious; or in one (or:other of the busy centres, where ,.the virgin ores are shaped into cnd ,less forms, and distributed amongst :the nations of the earth ; or where hthe busy shuttle is to be heard, ,forming fabrics wherewith to clothe the people of every clime. And if thie eye'of morie than one of these, .now entered upon Life's seventh and last stage, and fast reaching the con fines of the shadowy land, did at times display a tendency to moisten, as, sitting upon rustic seats placed 'here;and there about the Inn, they recalled to each other's remembrance the events of the long ago-the lived and lost ones-is the matter
ine to be wondered at? These oung men, now scattered about the ownship, or gathered in groups vithin or around, the Inn ; filling in he time in some cases in running. umping, or wrestling, taking up the tory of Life where tl,.ir parents vere leaving it, and to whom up to he present time it had been all sun hine, had " possnmed " and played, .nd rambled the bush together when ts density had made it a matter of lifficulty to penetrate from one amnlet to another; had learned the >ush lore of the aborigines, conveyed o them through their pigeon English ; often passing days together vith the sable skins, to the conster lation of their parents, who would mnow nothing of their whereabouts intil'they should take it. into their leads to reftrn, after having .suffi oiently inuiigetdl their 'passion; 'for Bshing in .lake .or river,.Yild ,;fowl huntitig,.and other aboriginalsports, pregsentin'g theiselves tothe astoiishied eyes oftliose.parnts lik-"th' ie 'in the. memorytrying storyo,. otle "House 'tlhat Jack Buil - all tattered .and torn "-andf.displayirng general' -ibdications 'iof. hbaving.,'been upon the e o"f relpsn "nt barbaris~~~?T r .; .C . ., ....(To be Continuel.),y,^,lc !.\ ,.!