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Weird Cries at Night (1911)

Weird Cries at Night (1911)

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The World's News 1911 (Sep 9)
The World's News 1911 (Sep 9)

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The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 9 September 1911, page 9National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128268595
What
Were
They?
?(
MAUSTRALIAN
FBOSPECTOB'S
.
WEESDEXPERIENCE.Xeriynla,Xontwille
(Q.),writes:
HAVE
just
read
with
keeninterest
an
articlein
your
issueof
August
26,
headed Amysteryofthe
Australian
Bush,
and
it
hasrecalled
a
somewhatsimilar
ex
perience
of
my
own.
Some
17yearsagoI
was
camped
on
theeasternfallofthe
Dividing
Range,
theheadwatersof
one
ofthe
big
eastern
flowing
riversofNew
South
Wales.I
was
golddigging
and
exploring
for
gold
reefs.1hadbeen
camped
there
some
four
months,
and
was
gettingpayable
gold,anddo
ing
verywell.Thenearest
neighbors
Ihad
UnitedStates-242,475
miles.
'
Russia-41,000mfles.Germany-27,000miles.France-30,000miles.United'Kingdom-23,280miles.
MAGNITUDE
OFLEADINGEAZLBOADLINESOFTHEWOBLD
EEPBESENTED
BYSIZEOF
LOCOMOTIVES.
were
IS
miles
away
across
the
Range,
on
thewestern
fall,
thesettlements
were
all
on
that
 
western
fall,
thesettlements
were
all
on
that
aide,andIusedtotake
two
days
every
monthnnd
go
tothese
settlements,
sell
my
gold,
getrations,
newspapers,
and
books,
and
get
back
tomy
camp
on
thesecond
evening
comfort
ably.
The
only
inhabitants
formanymiles
aroundmycamp
were
wildcattle,
kangaroos,
andblacksnakes.
Nobody
evercame
there,the
country
being
almostinaccessible
toany
but
a-manon
foot.Blackfellowsavoidedthese
gotges.Theutterly
overpowering,
oppressive,
deadly
loneliness
of
tUsplace
was
toomuch
even
for
£henuThey
were
afraid,-
they
knew
notofwft^t,hut
wouldn't
come
there.ThewiAledistrict
was
suggestive
ofthe
uncanny.
However,
beingthoroughlyhealthy,possessing
a
clear
conscience,
andnot
being
in
theleast
j
superstitious,
I
graduallygot
accustomed
tomy
<
surroundings
andtheintense
solitude
ofthose
<
gigantic
trees,wildgorges,and
rocky
chasms.
(
One
night,
after
Ihadbeenthere,
as
above
(
mentioned,
some
four
months,
I
was
reading
in
(
hod
by
thelightat
a
hurricane
lamp.
It
was
about11o'clock,
when,suddenly,from
a
spot
In
an
oak
scrub,
about100
yards
across
thesully,there
camea
success cmoffemalescreams,with
apparent
criesof Murder Murder
or
 Mother Mother Thesescreams,
were
heart-rending,
and
were
followed
at
Intervals
by
sobsand
moans
of
a
moat
agonising
nature.
A
coldchill
ran
downmy
bade,
and
I
verily
believe
my
hairstood
on
end.
I
tumbled
out
ofbed.
slipped
a
couple
of
cartridges
intothe
gun,
andfiredabovethenoise.Thefiringhad
no
effect.I
reloaded,
andcrawled
over
the
gully
to
where
the
screamingappeared
tohave
begun.
The
painful
noises
now
appeared
tobe
going
backintothescrub
as
I
advanced,
and
I,
tired,
exhausted,
and
puzzled,
returned
to
camp,
stirred
upthe
fire,
made
some
tea,and
satout
therestofthe
night-or,
rather
morning-till
daylight.Then
I
had
a
wash
and
some
break
fast,
afterwhich
I
returned
to
the
place
whence
thenoises
had
come.
I
examinedthescrub
thoroughly,
turned
over
logs,
peered
into
and
examinedhollowlogs,turned
up
all
heaps
ofleaves,but
I
couldfind
no
tracesof
a
tragedy,
UP
signs
of
a
scuffle,
no
torn
pieces
of
clothes-nothing
to
show
that
a
haman
being
had
ever
beenthere.

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