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Drover's Yarns (1924)

Drover's Yarns (1924)

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Brisbane Courier 1924 (Jan 5)
Brisbane Courier 1924 (Jan 5)

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The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Saturday 5 January 1924, page 19National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20669611
Drovers9Yarns.
Stories
of
the
West.
-o
By
THOS.J.LONSDALE.
To
theold
camp
followersand
men
oftheoverlandtracks,
to
thosewho
are
camping
in
seclusion,
and
to
those
TVIIQ
arestill
inactive
command,
I
extend
my
gieetmgs,and
1
hope
thatthetracks
will
be
gieener
andthe
camps
moie
oi'tener
usedin
1924.
WhenI
finishedmy
budget
last
weekI
was
dealingwith¡hauntedcamps,andtheinfluencetheywould
have
on
mobsof
cattle-
At
one
tune
I
was
camped
with
a
numberofdiovers
overon
¿lie
Big
River.We
had
just
delivered,and
were
having
a
fewdays'
rest
neara
smaill
town,and,strange
tosay,
we
had
camped
neara
cemetery'and
neara
back-trackthat
was
used
by
a
saddle-horse,mailman.it
wasaone
vvay-a-iveckmail,
out
intothemountains.Wehudbeenin
our
campfor
a
couple
of
days,andtheladshadbeen
visiting
the'townbeertroughs,where,judging
by
icsults,
theyhadhadtheirheadswellunder.
They
hadreturned
to
camp
one
night,and
"Hungry"
DanSmith
wus
be-
ginning
to
see
bullockswithfourami
five
hornsandgreencoots
on.
When
all
hadgot
quiet,
and
everybody
nicelysleeping,about3o'clockinthe-
morning,
the
most
lonesometime
iprobablyofthenight,themailman
came
nlong.Hecrossedthe
river
ona
shallow
bar,
andthatshouldbave
awakened
thecampOf
couise
the
mailman
did
not
1
nowweweie
thereand
pivsbaibly
to
kee])
downhis
lonesome
ness
whenpasamgthecometer}hestarted
to
sing
as
hecanteredalongHehadjust
giot
nearour
campsingingawayand
nding
a
big
snow
whitehorse,whenH
tiigrj
Dinwokeup
When
liesawtf
white
horsecomingand
heard
the
man
singingDan
letout
a
veil
andsprang
out
ofhed
in
his
shmt
tails
1
his
madethematter
ill
the
moie
wend,
and
ctitclhiiig
the
mailman
unawiresit
startledilumandI
guess
tintgreyhorse
in
coveruij,
thethreemilestretchtothetown
eq
ulled
Carbine
»
îecord
foi
the
distonic
Hie
mailmanthought
that
oneol
thelesidents
ol
thecemeteryhad
onie
bid
to
earthuni
was
aftei
lum
Huntly
Danthoughtthat
Cabnel
hld
come
town
forlinn
and
may
he
wont
bnicfootedandhut
tails
flying
inin
opt
aitc
diiectiou
J
hen
We
heaid
I
li
iJlabulloo
imongst
oin
hoispsdown
in
tie
nvei
bend
Dm
hid
i
teed
l
gut
in
amutigH
themand
st
n
tedthem"allop
ng
I
henhetook
to
the
mci
anl
w
un
i
ght
across
and
next
morning
wcoin
I
lumihout
five
milis
awly
with
his
shit
in
tattcis
while
hiefeet
were
lil
HW
meat
That
lidmt
en
1
îmitteis
I
uus°it
appeals
thatju^t
altei
day
j,lit
when
D-an
wa
doing
his
lut
¡»punth
un
pastthemilling
jird
ol
i
selec
li
vvhooe
WHO
\V
»S
milking
acow
Dan
e,me
hei
such
i
lie-htthat»hefainted
nil
ftJ!
willi
heiheld
in
themill
pail
Iheithe
»»electii
liiel
ridden,
intotowii|Iheithe
»»electii
liiel
ridden,
intotowii|lo
sa.}
thattheie
wasa
hairv
manlae
i
nig
aboutthescrubandthepoliceman
cune
outbut
tiftei
hehad
seen
Danandhid
oui
explanationhe
was
satas
thatdayand
camped
e\ei
ufterwaids
away
from
ccmetenes
AKINDOF
OUTCASTTheie
is
anotheiside
to
the
haunted
campquestion,
and
1
have
liad
it
put
to
rae
often
1
have
been
asked
if
it
evei
struck
me
thatthe
whole
trouble
came
dom
a
bullockthat
might
be
in
themobwhohad
some
peculiarities
Vely
often
ina
mob
of
bullocks
you
wdl
seeone
that
no
otherbullock
will
tolerate
near
lumHe
isa
1
ind
ofoutcast
and
is
knouked
fiom
one
cud
of
themob
to
theothei
Is
theie
something
supernatuial
about
thatbullockthat
makes
him
a
landof
'
ghostbullock
at
night
time
'
It
is
quitefeasablethat
u
hestalls
to
walkaboutduringthenighthe
willstart
thewholemob
racing
Butthetioubledoes
notexist
onlyamongstbullocks
itcan
befourni
amongst
liolses
too
Oicoiuse,there
aie
theoldbushlegouds
about
ghosts
haunting
thespotwheie
men
havebeen
killed
by
accident
or
othei
means
bul
tko.se
thingsshouldhave
no
i
elation
to
thehaunted
campsol
bullocksThere
ure
spott,
that
1
1
now
where
men
have
died
some
havebeen
killed
by
a
dray
running
ovci
them
ora
liorse
hasthrown
them
igamst
a
tree
oi
thcvhavebeenaccidentallyshotJjuchofthosethings
is
sinficientto
investthespot
in
mystery
undI
have
seeneven
oldqiuethorses
'
playup
'
when
passingthosespotsul
iircjitI
havebeen
camped
neala
placewhite
aman
hadbeen
umover
and
V
ll'ed
with
a
drayand
yarns
havebeen
spunat
the
campfile
it
nightparticu'irvInoldtimersand
so
earnestwouldthev
tell
those
yarns
mdimbuetnun
with
a
v
lvidnessthattheycouldalmost
m
ilc
youbelievethat
von
could
seoa
dravwith
five
spook
hotsestiavelhng
ovoi
thespotwherethe
roaniias
killed
Probably
the
feelingsoffeai
thatpasse'throughthe
manon
thosespots
istiills
mitted
to
the
cattle
oi
thehorsesandthusthehaunted
camp
comes
aboutOLDTIMERS'YARNS
There
are
old
timers
too»who
(go
[drovingunagmiiiymobs
of
i
it,le
jil
.
foi
the
«sake
ofpullingthelegof
somenew
chum
Flievte'lof
a
mobof
IDMU
one-eyedstagsthatthe/hadbeenwitj,andthesestags
foi
some
îeasonor
other,would
not
tiavei
bv
day,theywouldhaveto
campall
day
and
tiavl
all
nightTheil1haveheardthom
tell
of
having
taken
a
mob
ot
1000head
--f
piebaldhqrseadown
to
Adelaid»
to
beshipped
to
India
foi
tuanative
prnces,
oi
1000headof
cieamyponies,
«11
tin
one
height,
foi
theSultanofLnik
y
Allofthesethingswouldbe
swallowedby
the
"choom,"
just
the
sameas
would
\arn
thatthestore
at
Urand
had
in
stockonlyleft-handeelstock-whips.
That
meantthatthe
stoeJrivJijps
were
for
left-handed
men,
and
it
wemidbeawkward
for
a
rjght-lianded
ma»-
to
use
them.It
is
wonderfulhow
easily
things
are
swallowed.Thenthere
are
themysterymobsofbullocksthat
were
brought
in.
Somewouldsay
tbtit
thf»
would
not
travelwith
a
mobthat
had
one
white
bullock
in
it;
othersobjected
to
one
black
one,
and
so
on,until
the
was

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