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Spectral Horseman (1909)

Spectral Horseman (1909)

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The World's News 1909 (Jan 2)
The World's News 1909 (Jan 2)

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The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 2 January 1909, page 10

Mysteries of the Australian Bush.
SHE SPECTBE
TBEE (By
"N tales nected of with
FRANK

HOBSEMAH PLAIN. KEEN.)
and

OP

OHE

mystery
the
that

fascination
bush,
more

con none

Australian

perhaps
weird
man

thrills the
than

listener
of
a

with

its

^
)

details
of in

the

ghostly horsesituate of al^

One-tree

Plain, of
if little

locality
State

most

the
a

centre

the

Victoria,
the The

and

lying
is
now

anything
of that
under

towards State.

South
area

Australian

border

largely
been

pastoral *
round

occupa

tion. The and
seen a

story has

told

exaggerated and incorrect in print once in
way, but tbe
ac c i rcumstanees

camp variations

fires,

of it

tual
are

Northern Territory. The One-tree Plain
a

true, and of the
immense
were

many

Incident
minds

forcibly
one

re

trover when of
to

overlanding
cattle the

bygone days,
mobs taken
mar

southern had of the
of.

kets,
ences

experi
locality cir

Headless of C a ptain Mayne Reid's splendid tales American adven of ture; but this is no creation of the story-teller—it is a of In record facts.
a

the of Horseman

written I have
te

few
come

years

such

a

set

the

name

did

this
to

local
bear

u

m

stances

down

ity that
farther

here from

in

given Henry
of
saw

story form culars parti Mr. me by a Davoren,
drover sixties spectre 1849,
a

overlanding
north

from
-were

Melbourne
-wont to make

to

awed by xeaching

well-known the the
year

who
in

and it. concerning The of the incident explanation the of and rider spectre horse of One-tree Plain is attributed (rightly or wrongly) to the circum
them stances of the

the

mysterious

and detour, terrifying tales

Sydney

a

wide

perishing
He

there

of

a

drover

the

while of

coming
wandered

northwards.

lost

his
and

way,

and
till

taking
cattle
er n

mob the south

(assumedly)

days

nights

to

markets. Mr. Davoren has at pre s e n t large landed I n t e r e sts in the Northern Territory.

of relieved him The his sufferings. mere fact of a horseman perishing thus would not alone he sufficient to account for the after of a shadow and horse appearance rider, hut doubtless that the inference lost his having /bearings, and maddened with fever probably and thirst, he galloped and raced frantically

death

National Library of Australia

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133969057

he galloped and raced frantically in him, may plain till death claimed some degree explain the reappearance after in the still nights of the wards spirits of the traveller and his steed. The incident happen
over

and

thirst,
the

and ed additional no years ago, particu those lars than recorded here to the have, ever writer's been knowledge, forthcoming. mobs For years of travelling cattle camped on the plain—an solitary, untimber immense, ed for one the tree save area, near centre, and all sides— miles on stretching for miles scattered in the dead were of night by a snow horBe and white them rider, dashing through as on they lay quiet and guarded by the men and rider watch. Horse came with no sound, of no pad with warning the approach—but Then the pickets knew Cattle scented. their

midnight
the the
came on

rush

visitor was of the mob.
across

near,

and

prepared

for

Racing heading

the
see

pickets

could

grey the

plain at phantom
for

full speed,
white mob. steed It

of hoofs thudding the turf, but like a muffle-hoofed spectre of sit and the night, noiseless silent, with rider still. and the al ting boldly upright Then, terrified cattle would break and stam ready and bellowing madly the over pede, careering It was useless plain. to attempt to stop them. It meant death to the riders. sure They would be of hoofs. The trampled beneath thousands horse with rider raced in spectre silently on the night like the wind.

straight as an arrow with no clattering and

the

The
arouse

roar

little

all could to to

morning
was

and the rush of the cattle would hands to assist the but pickets, be done. It generally took till collect it the scattered mob, when

time

continue

the

would steed. of

be scattered miles apart This for tne accounted in the
course

journey. The cattle by the spectre
hundreds many found the on

beasts

plain having no owners cularly as they multiplied. So far
no as

of time to claim

them, parti

the
of

writer

can

ascertain, there
either

record it—the of their

any

attempt

flight of the
with out

snow-white

to steed

stop

is the

pickets
wits
011

being
its
first

to keep pace or generally scared
appearance.

Mr. Davoren that several

of his mob, states, in the case of his hands boldly announced it if the their intention of riddling spectre, its bullets. with On they came, appearance mounted and in the night, their galloped away the men remaining principal with selecting a the plain, safe from the position on mob, whichever they might rush. way They had a clear

clear and

view rider

for
as

a

minute

or

so

of
was

both
was a
no

steed
de

they
the

ception phantom
This

about steed my

raced by. incident!
a

There

It

noiseless

and

rider!

informant

positively

avers,

however

of-*' it may incredulous The seem. particulars were this strange happening known to myself, from to the different as accounts of others, I have been travellers, but principally guided

by
ever

that of

of

Mr.

his being

Davoren, having an absolutely

no

doubt

what W

true

stateme&t.

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