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Armidale Gorilla (1892)

Armidale Gorilla (1892)

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Evening News 1892 (Feb 27)
Evening News 1892 (Feb 27)

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Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), Saturday 27 February 1892, page 1National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113761164
A
Bns¥Mystery..
CHASEDALENIGHTBYAMAN-GORILLA.Under
a
white-hot
sky,treading
a
red
hot
soil,
and
consuming
largequantities
oflightningliquor,
it
-was
only
to'be
expected
that
Australians-would
develop
a
literaturein
-whichthemarvellous-wouldhaveat
least
a
place,andthe
picturesquewould
notbe
compelled
to
take
a
back
seat.
And
so,
indeed,
it
proved,
forin
course
oftimethere
arose
intheland
men
who
saw
strangesights
in
lonely
gullies
at
eve,
or
whoheardshrieksin
deep
moun
tain
gorges
at
midnight.
And
they
pub
lished
their
experiences
-withstartling
embellishments
in
thelocalpapers,and
the
news
travelled
far
and-wide
till
foreigners
began
to
see
thatAustraliacoulddo
something
more
than
produce
wool
andtallowandhidesand
states
men.
The
fish
Ananiaswhocould
seeasea.
serpent
once
a
-week
was
frequent,and
the
bunyip
badefair
to
become
as
dear
to
Australia
as
theunicorn
isto
England.
ThesnakeAnanias
was
abundant
anddidgreat
things,yetstrange
to
sayhis
ex
periences
were
not
recorded
in
Monetize
Con
way's
book.There
was
theindividualwhostood
ona
hill
near
Rydal
and
saw
a
6nake'sheadappear
over
thecrestof
a
hill
two
milesaway.
His
snakesbip
started
to
come
downthe
hill,
and
as
it
got
halfway
across
the
valley
beforethetail
appeared
the
veracious
spectator
turnedand
fled,
andrigidlyavoidedthat
part
ofthe
country
in
thefuture.
Then
there
-was
thedroverwhosecattleturned
off
theroad
to
avoid
a
largesnake,
andhad
to
go.
a
quarter
of
a
mileofftheroad,
andthebushmenwho
have
camped
alongside
a
snakewhich
they
mistook
for
a
deadlog,andwhich
glided
away
when
the
heat
of
the
firestruck
it,
are
too
numerous
to
mention.
'
Old
man
'
kanga
roos
thatcouldshootand
mysterious
wild
'
horsesthat
nobody
could
tun
downbecame
as
plentiful
as
promises
in
a
politicalmanifestoand
every
districtcouldboast
of
them.Thenfrom
sundry
parts
of
the
land
came
Thenfrom
sundry
parts
of
the
land
camerumors
of
a
ghostly
individualwho
was
given
to
tearing
np
trees
withhisnailsand
heavingpromiscuous
rocks
at
passers
by,
andwhoresembled
a
gorilla
but
was
severaltimes
as
large,andcould
not
beshotbecausehe
was
impenetrable
tobullets
and
also
because
he
lived
in
a
thick
forest
or
a
deep
cave
where
the
light
of
day
seldom
came.
Thischeerful
sort
of
apparition
was
generally
called
'
ABush
Horror
'
inpicainthelocal
paper,andwhenthe
editor
hadthrownin
a
fewdetailsandadded
a
little
dramaticeffecttimid
tourists
preferred
to
stop
awayfromthat
district
altogether.Thelatest
man
gorillastory
conies
from
Armidale,
and
professes
to
be
an
accountof
what
happened
to
four
men
who
were
out
mustering
thecattle
on
thelowerendofthe
Kangaroo
Hills
Run,
and
it
is
asserted
thatthe
whole
statement
can
beverified
on
application
to
the
mana
gerof
the
Kangaroo
Hills
Station.
On
January
29thefourstockmen
wentto
thelowerend
of
the
run
tomustercattle,
andfixedtheircamp
on
Day's
River.
Atdusk
they
-were
fishing
opposite
a
big
eteep
spur
of
the
mountain,
andafterabout
half
an
hour
they
were
startled
by
a
heavy
in
the
waterinfront
of
i
as
if
a
large
stone
hadbeenthrown
in.
I
After
a
f
ewminutes
two
more
splashes
came,
[
and
one
of
the
men
who
-was
sitting
apart
1
fromthe
others,called
outtohis
mates
notto
throwany
mote
atones
as
it
wouldfrighten
thefish.
They
all
declared
that
theyhadthrown
no
stones,andeach
one
thought
that
one
of
the
others
haddone
it,
but
as
three
more
splashes
came
in
quick
I
8uccessionthe
men
began
to
get
alarmed.Onecalledout,
'
'Who's
throwing
stones
I
over
there
?'
No
answercame.
They
could
I
hear
somethingmoving
on
therocks,
butcould
see
nothing,
as
it
wasnow
quite
dark.
Presently
another
stone
fell
right
at
thefeetof
one
of
them,splashing
the
water
all
over
him.
Upjumped
the
wholepartyandmadeforthe
fire
as
fast
as
they
could,
and
then
as
they
were
talking
matters
over
and
wondering
whocouldhave
thrown
the
stones
they
were
againstartled
byhearing
the
steps
of
some
heavy
creature
crossing

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