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Haunted Hut (1935)

Haunted Hut (1935)

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Perth Daily News 1935 (Sept 28)
Perth Daily News 1935 (Sept 28)

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The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), Saturday 28 September 1935, page 18National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article83661063
Legend
of
the
^Haunted
Huf
House
of
Terror
on
the
Murchison
THE
discovery
of
a
skeleton,and
the
consequent
policeinquiry,
in
thelonely
plainsnorthof
Mt.
Magnet,
has
directed
attention
as,
in
more
dramatic
circumstances,
didthe
'charred-bonesmystery'
three
yearsago—to
the
empty
and
desolate*iron
shanty
known
farand
wide
on
themurcnison
by
therather
frightening
sobriquet,'TheHauntedHut.'TheskeletonwhichDetectiveSergeant
Manning
hasidentified
as
the
^0-year-oldremains
of
a
native
woman
|
was
found
near
the160-milepeg
on
the
No.
1
rabbit-proof
fence.TheHauntedHut
is,
as
the
Nor'-Wester.
withhiscasual
contempt
for
distances
would
reckon
it,
'just
up
thefence
a
bit,'at
the183-mile
peg.
The
Mocking
WellJ^
CRIME
more
than
20yearsagogavethelittle
shanty
its
grim
and
eerie
reputation,
andany
chance
it
may
have
hadof
outliving
itwaslost,
irrevocably,when
'Snowy'
Rowles
chosethespot
to
burnthe
body
ofLouis
Carron,
hismurder
victim,
ina
desperate
and
almost
success
ful
attempt
to
obliterate
everytraceof
hiscrime.Thenotorious
hut
was
built
30
years
ago,
whenthe
rabbit-proof
fence
was
under
construction.
Atfirst
itwas
to
?
a,£aven
for
men
engaged
inbuild
ingthe
fence,
and,
whenthat
was
finished,
itwas
to
serveasa
roadside
camp
for
boundary
sriders
patrolling
it.
 
sriders
patrolling
it.
Three
hundred
yardsfrom
its
door
there
isa
bore,
which,
however
in
a
country
parched
for
long
summer
spel&'
isa
mockery
and
a
delusion.
Itswate-;
reeking
with
a
heavy
content
of
iron'
iw?
£lnkuble'
andits
deeP-
narroW
shaft
hasbecome
a
deathtrap
'
forthirstyrabbits,snakesand
?
goannas.
Spectral
History
QFTEN
during
the
rainy
season
the
'
hut
is
madeunapproachableby
a
nearby
creek
whichoverflowsandfloods
it
out.
Butthisdoes
notmaiter,
for
its
ghostlyrepute
hasassured
itan
eternal
isolation.
Natives
give
it
the
widestpossibleberth,and
evenin
credulous
wayfaring
whites
pass
it
by.
Its
spectral
history
was
told
me
by
a
fence
boundary
rider
on
theMur-
'
chison
severalyearsago-
This
man
often
trekked
by
the
shade-inhabitedshanty,
buthe
never
camped
ther°—
because,
he
assuredme,
he
never
hadoccasion
to.
He
had,
he
pointed
out
givingsincerity
to
his
alibi,
the
com
fort
ofhis
caravan
...
Onemoonless
night
about20
yea--sago
a
bucknativeandhis
youngand
attractive
gin,assumed
'
a
temporarytenancy
of
thehut.
They
hadbeen'
walkabout,'
and
were
returning
northto
their
camp;
andthehutoffered
them
a
noveland
alluringhospitality.
Murder
and
Love
T^HE
buck
lay
athwartthe
doorway
*?
asleep,protector
of
hissable
spouse
inside.
It
happened,however,
thatthesleepblack
beauty
was
theobject
of
another's
passionateadoration;
and.
in
the
night-cloakedbowgada
scrubthat
skirts
the
hut,
crept
tne
black.
form
of
theadmirer.There
was
murder,
as
well
as
loveinhisheart,
andinhis
handthere
wasa
spear
withwhich
to
aoit.
Theunconscious
sentry
did
not
have
a
chance
did
notfeel,
perhaps,
ihe
quick,
passionate
thrusts
as
theother
lunged
his
spearagainand
again.
Trueto
thetraditionofthelawofthe
jungle
the
murdering
suitorhad
no
difficuttv
m
persuading
thebereaved
gin
that
henceforth
she
was
his
by
rightof
conquest,
and
togetherthey
fledto
thebush
That,
intruth,
is
what
happened
at
the183-mile
camp
20and

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