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Marulan Tiger (1903)

Marulan Tiger (1903)

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Hawkesbury Herald 1903 (March 13)
Hawkesbury Herald 1903 (March 13)

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Hawkesbury Herald (Windsor, NSW : 1902 - 1945), Friday 13 March 1903, page 12National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66353791
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ThatMarulan'
Tiger.
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ATTACKS
A
SCHOOLTEACHER.ANEX-WILBERFORCE
MAN.
HIS
GRAPHIC~DESCRIPTION.
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Headers
ofthe
dailies
have
seena
lotlately
aboutthat
Marulan
tiger,
whohas
been
causingmuch
con
^ternitihn.
Thefollowing
narrative
was¡sejit
to
the
 Telegraph by
aman
'.-who
is
well
known
aboutWindsor-a
nativeof
Wilberforce.
We
refer
to
Mr.
A.
J.
Buttsworth,public
school
teacher
at
Camgar
_eigh,
near
Sutton
Forest,
who
was
reported
to
havebeenattacked
by
a
tiger
near
Marulan
recently.
It
may
beadded
that
thenarrator
isa
-teetotaller
¡ The
tiger
wasfi-stseen
aboutfourmilesfrom
Marulanby
a
veryreliable
man
named
Fell;,
on
SaturdayFebruary
26.
Me
was
out
rabbit«hooting,and
was
within
20yds.of
theanimalbeforeseeing
it.
TheTiger
waB
lying
in
the
head
of
a
fallen
tree
watching
the
man
intently,
but
as
theshooteronly
had
a
shotgun,hewiselydeclinedthe
battle.
Covering
thebeastwith
his
gun,
the
man
cautiously
backed
away
for
some
distance,
andthen
boltedfor
home.
It
was.
then
-dusk,
so
he
waited
until
morning,andthen,gathering
his
neighbours(about
eight),
theysearched
all
day
on
Sunday,butwithout
result.
 
I
was
spending
Sunday
with
some
friends
beyond
Marulan,
and
on
ar
rivingback
in
thattown,about
830
p.m.,
was
toldof
a
tiger,
andadvised
notto
go
home
thatnight,
as
I
would
_ave
to
pass
near
wherethebeasthadbeen
seen.
I
laughed
at
thewhole
affair,
and
remarked
that
perhaps
the
 
man
imagined
he
saw
the
tiger,
believing
the
wholething
to
be
a
de
lusion.
I
set
out
on
my
journey
in
a
happy
mood,having
12
miles
to
go.
 
It
was
all
thick
bushed
Î
hac
gothalf-way
when
my
horse,
whohkèbeenjoggingalong
easily,all
of
c
suddengave
a
tremendous
snort,
and
bounded
across
the
road.
At
the
same
momentthe
tiger,
which
must
have
beencrouching
behind
a
bush,
came
bounding
at
me
withopen
mouth
andeyeswhichglared
likebull's-eyelanterns.
He
made
fourbounds,
growling
fiercelyall
the
time,
andbeforeIcould
scarcelyrealise
my
position,
let
alonegatherupmy
reins,
thehorse
was
at
a
mad
gallopdownthe
road.
^
*'
About
150yds.
ahead
wasa
big
swinging
gate,
wheremyroadbranched
offat
rightangles.
In
my
endeavours
topull
up,
the
horse
'slithered*
the
full
length
of
thegate
on
his
haunches,
and
cannoned
into
the
fargatepost.
He
was
upagain
in
an
intant,
and,'breastingthe
gate,'sent
it
flying.
I
lookedback,
and
could
clearly
see
theflamingeyesofthe
tiger,
and,
although
feeling
pretty
certain
hehadgivenup
thechase,
yet
my
hair
was
up
andmyblood
cold,
for
Isupposebothmyhorseand
self
had
'mild
panic'So
off
I
set
downthe
road,forI
had
not
a
guaranteethat
che
brute
would
not
change
his
mindand
come
after
me.
Another
200
yardsand
a
smallcreekhad
to
be
crossed.
Onreachingthebottom,down
we
went
into
a
bed
ofloose
sand.On
recovering,
thewild
flight
from
a
sup
posed
pursuer
was
renewed.For
a
mile
or
two
theroad
wasnow
a
'
bush
bridletrack,'
andthe
way
we
made

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