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connected with field enclosures--parts hills appeared at no great distance to where bushes or grass had been re- the right of that line ; but the country cently burned looking red or black, between Tangulda and the lowest and thus contributing to the appear- part of the horizon seemed so gentle ance of cultivation. The soil was and undulating, that he felt it his indeed well worthy of cultivation, for duty, before tracing the Nammoy furit consisted of a rich black mould, so ther, to explore the country in the diloose and deep, that it yawned in rection so particularly described by the cracks as if for want of feet to tread Bush-ranger. Quitting, therefore, the it down. But the want was of water line of the Nammoy, they pro-one small and dry channel appear- ceeded in the direction north-east by ing to be the only line of drainage in north from Tangulda ; and, after jourwet weather from the extensive open neying some twenty miles on the 18th, country of Mulluba. But it could early in the morning of the 19th, they not fail to strike Major Mitchell, encamped at the stream of the valley, that much might be done to remedy which the Major named Maule's river. the natural disadvantages, whether Leaving the cattle to be refreshed duof a superfluity of water lodging on ring the day, he proceeded, with the the plains in rainy seasons, or of too native and two men, to examine the great scarcity of moisture in dry mountains. After climbing about a weather, by cutting channels on the mile and a half, he reached a lofty lines of natural drainage, which would summit, where he hoped to have observe to draw off the water from the tained a view beyond the range, or, at plains, and concentrate and preserve a least, to have discovered how it might sufficient supply for use in time of be crossed, but was disappointed ; disdrought.
tant summits, more lofty and difficult A few hours after leaving the en- of access, obstructed the view towards campment on the Nammoy, the party the east, north, and even west ; the came on a very large stock-yard, which only link connecting the hill they had the natives said had belonged to gained with those still higher being a * George the Barber." They saw, very bold naked rock, presenting a perbesides, the remains of a house, and pendicular side at least 200 feet in height. the “gunyas,” or huts, of a nume- To proceed in that direction was quite rous encampment of natives. The out of the question. bones of bullocks were strewed about
“ As we descended, we came suddenly in great abundance, plainly enough on an old woman, who, as soon as she showing the object of the stock-yard, saw us, ran off in terror. I ordered the and that of the Barber's alliance with two men who accompanied me to keep the aborigines. The whole country back, until • Mr. Brown' could overtako was on fire, and though the guide fre. and speak to her, saying that we intendquently drew their attention to recented, no harm; and she was easily percuadfootmarks, not a single native was to ed, after a brief conversation with our be seen. Distant about two miles from guide to allow us to come near. She prethis stock-yard lay due north the Pic sented a most humiliating specimen of of “Tangulda,” and as the Barber our race—a figure shortened and shrivelhad positively stated that the only
lcd with age, entirely without clothing ;
one eye alone saw through the dim decay practicable way to the “ big river
of nature-several large fleshy excrescenwas N.E. by N. from Tangulda, the ces projected from the sides of her head Major mounted the pic, and saw the like so many ears—and the jawbone was Nammoy's course through a cluster visible, through a gash or scar, on one of hills, between which it passed to a side of her chin. The withered arms and lower country in the north-west. These hands, covered with earth by digging and hills were connected on the right bank scraping for the snakes and worms on with the pic, and also with a low range which she sed, more resembled the limbs on the east and north-east, whose west- and claws of a quadruped. She spoke with ern extremities appeared to terminate a slow nasal whine, prolonged at the end westward on the vale of the Nammoy, of each sentence, and this our guide imias far northward as he could see them tated in speaking to her. The mosquiin perspective. It appeared, then, that toes tormented her much, as appeared the lowest part of the range lay exact- and body. • Mr. Brown's' conversation
from her incessantly slapping her lirnbs ly in the direction described by the seemed animated on some subject, but Barber. Some bold and remarkable
not, as I at last suspected, on that most
important to us; for, when I enquired, deavoured to pass to the northward; after he had spoken a long time, whai but, judging it nearly impracticable, she said of the · Barber' and the way the leader wisely desisted from any across the moun ain, he was obliged to further attempt on the direction pointed commence a set of queries, evidently out by the veracious Barber, and defor the fir-ltime. She said horses might termined on returning to Tanguica, pass, pointing at ibe same line further io the eastward-but our guide seemed that, by following the Nammos, be unwilling to put further questions, say. might endeavour to turn this range, ing she had promis d to send at sunset and so enter the region beyond it. On to our tents iwo young boys who could the 22d, having again encamped on inform us better. Even in such a wreich. the Nammoy, six miles from Taugol. ed state of existence, ornaments had da, at a spot favourable for the forma. their charms with this female, when tion of a depot—the waters clear and even tae decency of covering was sparkling, the grass excellent, a bill wholly disregarded. She had kanza- at hand overhung with pines, and loity roo te-th set round her brow, these be- blue gum-trees growing on the margu ing fastened to the few remaining haiis,
-Major Mitchell resolved to make a and a knot of brown feathers decora'ed her right temple. The roasting snake voyage of discovery in canvass-boats which we had seen in the morning, be down the river—the channel of all the longed, as we now learned, to tbis witch waters of the Peel, the Maluerindie, of the ylen.
and Conadilly. “ The bɔys did not visit us in the evening, as · Mr. Brown' had expected, and with ut meeting any impedimeni, ba',
“We passed along several reaches he appeared unusually thou htful when
at length, an accumulation of dritt-L. I found him sitting alone by the waterside at some distance from ihe cainp. I where two large trees had fallen across
ber and gravel bronght us up al ap. was then making arrangements for car; the stream from opposite banks. From rying the bulk of our provisions and the magnitude of these trupks and equipment on pack-horses and hullocks- o: hers which interwoven with rubbish across this range, intending to leave the and buried in gravel, supported them. I remainder of our stores at this spot in charge of iwo men armed; and of this anticipat d a long delay, but the activity • Mr Brown' did not approve.
of the whole party was such,that a clear " Dec. 20.- When the pack-horses passage was opened in less ihan haitan had been loaded, and we were about to frogs, and swimming, could cut with
The sailors swam about like start, leaving the remainder of our pro cross cut saw,trees under water. 110 visions in c'arge of two men, we dis- I could survey the river as we fri ceedcovered that our native guide was mis- ed, by measuring with a pockei serlan sing. I had promised him for his ser- ihe angle subtended by the two ends of a vices, a tomahawk, a knife, and a blank twelve-feel rod-held in the second et, and as he was already far beyond his boat-at the opposite end of each reach own beat as I supposed, he might have the bearing leing observed at the same had the promised rewards, by merely time. By referring to one ot Breasters asking for them.
We had always tables, the angles subtended by the given him plenty of four, also his iwelve-feet rod, I ascertained the dischoice of any part of the kangaroos we killed. It had been observed by the ed a delay of a few seconds only, jos
tance in feet. This operation occasiomen, that the intelligence received
as the last boat arrived in sight in each from the old woman had made him ex
place of observation. tremely uneasy, and he bad also expres
“ Several black swans floated be ore ed to ihem on the previous evening, his apprehensions about the natives in the us-apparently not much alarmed even
at the unwonted sights of boats on the country before us. I was very sorry for Nammoy. The evenness of the banka the loss of Mr Brown. He was very and reaches, and the depih and skill comical, as indeed, these half civilized aborigines generally are : he liked to might have traced the river downwards,
ness of the waters were sach, that I be close shaved.wore a white neckcloth, at least so far as such facilities cogand declared it to be his intention of be- tinued, had our boa's been of a strong! coming, from that time forward,' a white material than canvass. But dead kes fellow.' I concluded that he had re- lay almost invisible under water, and a turned to his own tribe ; and that he the end of a short reach where laxathad been unwilling to acknowledge to ed the re-appearance of the socoad boat, me his dread of the.myall' tribes."
we heard suddenly, confused shouts, The expedition then proceeded up and, on making to the shore, and runthe valley, or eastward, and en- ning to the spoi, I found that the boat
had run foul of some sunken tree-and about three miles in search of water filled almost immcdiately. Mr White for an encampment. He came upon had, on the instant, managed to run her a slight hollow, and followed it dowr, ashore across another sunkcn trunk, and but it disappeared in a level pla n su!. thus prevented her from going down in rounded by rising grounds. deep water, opposite to another stcep search became
One diy bank. By this disaster our whole stock of pond encouraged his hopes of findirg tea, sugar, and tobacco, with part of our four and pork, were immersed in the wa. water, and he continued bis search ter, but fortunately all the gunpowder along a flat where the grass had been had been stowed in the first boat. This recently on fire. From this, pursuirg catastrophc furnished another instance a kangaroo, he caine upon a well-mark. of the activity of the sailors; the
ed water-course, with deep holes, but
cargo was got out, and the sunken boat being they were all dry. Tracing the line of hauled up, a rent was discovered in the these holes downwards, he at last was canvass of her larboard bow. This the fortunate enough to find a decp pool of sailmaker patched with a piece of can. water. Here, therefore, they encampvass; a fire was made; tar was melted ed; and their good fortune was not at and applied; the boat was set afloat; re an end, for they soon after found two loaded, and again under weigh in an hour very large ponds on a rocky bed. In and a half. Once more upon the wa our verdurous climate we know little of ters,' every thing seemed to promise a the miseries that want of water occasuccessful voyage down the river; but sions in others; we lose half the genuour hopes were doomed to be of short du- ine enjoyments of sinple nature, by ration, for, as I again awaited he re-appearance of the second boat, a shout sim. having them in too great profusion. ilar to thc first again arose, and on run.
These pools seem to have made every ning across the point of land within the one happy; such are the virtues of a river bend, I found her once more on the draught of cold water. The very landpoint of going down from similar damage scape enjoyed it, for the spot was cosustained in the starboard bow. It was vered with rich grass, and was enclosed now near 5 p M., and the labours of the by shady thickets.
The prospect," day had been sufficient to convince me says Major Mitchell, “ of two days' re. that the course of the Nammoy could be pose for the cattle in that verdure, and much more conveniently traced at that under those shades, was most refreshtime by a journey on land, than with ing to us all. It was, indeed, a charmboats of canvass on the water."
ing spot, enlivened by numbers of pi.
geons, and the songs of little birds in On the 31st December they resume strange but pleasing notes.”' their land-journey, and on the 5th of Still the heat was intense ; the ther. January arrive in the country beyond mometer was at ninety during the the mountains which they had in vain night. Few of the men could sleep; attempted to cross, having found an there was not a breath of wind, and open and accessible way round their the heat was overpowering. Thus ridges; and it now remained to be as even night, which had previously afcertained whether “ the large river," as forded a relief from the day, was no described by the Barber, was near; ac- longer their friend. The effect was cording to him it was the first river met formidable, weakening their cattle, with aiter crossing the range north east drying up the water, destroying their by north of Tangulda.
wheels, and nourishing the fires in the One of the great difficulties of this grass and woods, which covered the country is the want of water; and, as country with smoke, until, in the nar. the expedition travelled in the very rator's words, “ humidity seemed to height of the Australian summer, us the very essence of existence, wa which is our winter, they voluntarily ter almost an object of adoration."took the bull by the horns. The ther. The thermometer at this date (it was mometer was frequently at a hundred, January) ranged from 96 to 101 durand the sufferings of the men and ing the day; and, during the last five cattle were often dreadfully severe. nights, had stood as high as 90 from On the 6th of January we thus find sunset to sunrise! From the time of him searching for water. At len :th their leaving Sydney they had met the wheel of one of the carts, and the with only one day of rain. They axle of another, became unserviceable. now left each “ friendly water-hole The Major then rode forward for in the greatest uncertainty whether
in a tree, so busily cutting out an opos- adopted by manly and enterprising sum that he did not see them till they minds. Even the in hospitable wilds were close upon him. A woman and of the polar regions have their attrac blage with a look of horror, and im- wild beasts, cannot deter daily adven. which he stared at the strange assem- and cruel savages, its sands and its
But of all explorations, me the woods. He then threw his club the present must have excited the to the foot of the tree, and ascended highest interest. The expedition was called to him, and made some signs to their progress was not only new, bet give him confidence, but this attempt an addition to the actual territory of to its highest branch. Major Mitchell through a soil where every portion of
they should ever drink again!". party then moved quietly forward, on Such are the perils which still remain, which the wild man came down tron after the dangers of flood and field are the tree, picked up two spears which exhausted, to try the heroism of the lay on the ground, and ran otr. They traveller. Probably, a slight addition then heard calls in various directions
, of heat might have realised the uncer- and the words “white fellow,” protainty, anu they might never have rounced very loudly and distincts–, drunk again, but left their bones in name, of course, borrowed from the the desert, as a warning to all future settlers, but evidently conveying at the temerity.
time strong feelings of either hatred ar The mind of “gentlemen who sit at fear. home at ease," surrounded by the la Journeys of this kind must keep the bours of water companies, and compa- traveller in a perpetual state of excitenies of all kinds, and having light, ment; sometimes, of course, not unwatching, and cool streets at command, connected with alarm at the chance of on the simple terms of paying a few stumbling on some horde of savagesshillings, yet are peevish at the state of a nest of human hornets, whose stings society, and praise the times
might make the explorers pay dear for When wild in woods the noble savage the more formidable hazard of dying
their knowledge; sometimes, tog, from of famine or thirst.
Still, what tra. ought to make a voyage to New South vel in a known country can approach Wales, and summer's journey the interest of treading an unknown through it, with the sun in the vertex, one? They touch on the verge of a if it were only for the purpose of re- plain—it has never been touched by a conciling themselves to England, and European foot since its creationit the misfortune of having in it every may contain a hundred plants nerer thing that man can devise. They heard of before, and among them map should follow this gallant soldier, man supply some specific for some intrac of science, and man of accomplishment, table disease, or some incalculable ad. across the fiery sands of the Austra- dition to the nutriment of man. They lian wilderness, and record their expe- reach the skirts of a mountain—ther rience for the benefit of all the discon- may have only to climb its summit to tented.
see some unrivalled The party, after watching the roll- region of fertility-to look over some ing of clouds from the north-west, landscape of novel loveliness, or ascerwith, perhaps, the same anxiety which tain some grand and is felt by the sailor in a famine, watch- which decides the forin oi the counti. ing the distant sail that is to bring him nent. They cross a shower. But the storin broke some stream, whose course leads through the bread, saw the evening fall without a be the little parent of some mighty where, for the next morning rose cool bosom of the land, a and with a pleasant breeze. The of future national riches, and was party now set forward, and, after tra- discovery shall immortalise the man velling some miles, they entered a fo- who has merely proved its existence, rest. There they heard the sound of Under such circumstances we jel.com the native's axe, and saw fires. As wonder at the eagerness with white they advanced they surprised a native journeys and voyages of discover at her child first gave the alarm, on tions. Even Africa, mediately calling to the female, in an ture. authoritative tone, she disappeared in should conceive, that
with its crafty
One such as
at peace was
to no purpose. The the explorer's country
-Where the de.
curity from casual failure was almost give a grand character to any landcomplete, and where the success was scape, but especially to river scenery. sure to increase the distinctions and The blue gum-tree luxuriates on the rewards of the manly investigator. It margin of rivers, and in such situations had somewhat of the feeling which an grows to an enorinous size. Such heir might have in taking a view of trees overhung the waters of the Gwy. his inheritance for the first time—all dir, forming dense masses of shape, in before him new, and all before him his which, as Major Mitchell poetically
observes, " white cockatoos sported like The convict's information had his spirits of light.”
therto been “a mingled yarn,” partly He now advanced across the river T: false, but partly so true, that the Major, which, though, probably, in the rainy
with all his sagacity, at last began to season a powerful stream, at this pe-