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Australian Animal Yarns (1942)

Australian Animal Yarns (1942)

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Adelaide Chronicle 1942 (Oct 22)
Adelaide Chronicle 1942 (Oct 22)

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Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 22 October 1942, page 9National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92380074
THIS
STRANGE
LAND
OF
OURS
Some
Yarns
The
Bushmen
Tell
By
??EUREKA'
1
It
hasbeensaidthatAustralia
is
thelandwherethebirdshave
I
no
songandtheflowers
no
scent.
Whether
this
beright
or
not,
it
can
truthfully
be
saidthatthere
are
far
more
interestingthings
in
Australiathan
songless
birdsandscentlessflowers.Onehas
only
to
note
some
oftheweirdthingsrecorded
in
varioussectionsofthe
press
andtheweird
tales
told
bybushmen,
torealisejust
what
a
strangeland
this
is.
Though
youmay
not
believe
it,
there
are
tigersandlionsinAustra7
lia.
Ifyoudon'tbelieve
me
I
mustreferyou
to
themanystoriestoldaboutthe
Tantanoola,
Tantawan
glo.
and
Tallong
tigers.
Allthesetigershavebeen
seen
byreputable
citizens,and
allhave
beendescribedindetail.Thenthere
is
theGloucester
lion,
variousleopards,andother
strangeanimals
seen
invariousparts,andthesedonotincludethetigerswith
green
stripesand
pink
ears
which
areseen
in
places
notedfor
the
strength
of
the
rum.
Bunyips
are
fairlyplentifulinswampsinpracticallyeveryStateofthe
Commonwealth.
Ihave
neverseen
one
myself,
but
I
have
frequently
met
chaps
whoknew
chaps
whohad
seen
them.They
livedin
bunyip
holesintheriversand
creeks
andinswamps.I
am
not
quite
sure
whetherthe
bunyip
was
calledafterthe
bunyip
holes,
or
whetherthe
bunyip
holes
were
calledafterthe
bunyip.
I
once
met
a
farmerwho
reckoned
thathe
was
being
robbedofhalf
a
gallon
ofmilkevery
day.
One
day
he
caught
thethiefwho
proved
tobe
a
big
six-footgoanna.Thisgoannausedtosuckthe
cows
andthenraidthehens'nests.Nodoubt
is
was
veryfondofegg-flip.Thenthere
was
anotherfarmerwhotold
me
how
a
snakerobbedhimofhisbreakfast
on
manyoccasions.When
an
infanthismotherusedto
put
him
on
theverandahwithhis
feeding
bottle,buttheblacksnakeusedtotake
it
fromhimand
help
itself
tothecontents.Was
it
any
won
derthathegrew
up
skinny
andweak.Nowlets
go
backintothearid
parts
ofthecontinentwherethe
parts
ofthethermometerregisters
a
century
inthe
water-bag,
andtheresidentshave
to
pin
their
postagestamps
tothe
envelopes
because
they
are
too
dry
tolickthem.It
was
insuch
a
place
thatIhadservedupto
me'
hardboiledeggsthat-had
never
beenin
a
saucepan.You
see,
thefarmerhadtrainedthehensto
drop
theireggsintheartesianboredrainthat
ran
alongside
thehouse.He
gathered
thoseeggstenminutesafter,and
they
were
hardboiled.Stewedfruit
was
picked
offthetreesout
there.
The
sun
wasso
hotthatthefruitbaked
on
the
trees.
A1Jyouhadtodo
was
to
pick
a
fewapples,
peaches,
or
whateverfruityoufancied,smother
it
with
cream,
andyouhad
a
dainty
dishofstewedfruitand
cream.
But
let
me
takeyoutotheoppositeclimatefor
a
change.
DownKosiuskowayyou'llmeet
men
whowill
tell
youstoriesthatwouldmake
even
Ripley'shairstand
on
end.In
a
little
townnamedNimmitable
they
sell
beer
by
theblockinwintertime.
They
can't
stop
thestufffromfreezing,
so
theoldbeevsuckersvjalkaboutthestreetswithblocksofbeerintheirhands.
They
suckthemjustlikethecitykiddiessuckice-blocks.
It
was
inthis
same
townthattheoldestinhabitanttold
me
thathe
once
saw
a
kettleofboilingwaterfrozen.WhenhenoticedthatIlooked
as
though
Ididn'tbelievehimhehastenedto
add,
'Of
course,
the
ice
wasa
bit
hot.''Don't
you
ever
have
anysum
mer
inthis
I
asked
him.'Of
coursewe
do,'heassured
me.
'Last
vear
if
fell
ona
Fri
day.'
We
haverish
tnai
climb
trees,
artesian
water

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