Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer (NSW : 1884 - 1901), Saturday 25 May 1889, page 4

THE
AUSTRALIAN GORILLA.
Valley
it

Ion.;,

To the. Editor of the Kangaroo

Pioneer.

can the caption What he ?" in a Telegraph, I notice a recent issue of the Suburban paragraph copied from your journal, referring to a lately at Meryla strange animal as having been seen will no doubt named Mullany. This man by a man nf your readers—all-wise bo looked upon by some fool, or conceit—as a liar, madman in their own but in confirmation of the truth of his story, and of the fact that at least one such animal as that he describes exists in the Barriina district, I herewith testimony, unhesitatingly submit my own which, if substantiated throe San be other by necessary,

Sir,—Under

"

of hair;: body black, muscular, and dovoid large and round, almost balloon-slutped, and striped black and yellow liko that of an iguana; legs of length, with apparently two knee-joints in each, blade, leather-liko, and seemingly devoid of of tho the summit hair; Before disappearing over several hideous hill; it turned around and made

extraordinary
grimaces

;

back immediately abovo ft the tail, thoro swung baggy appendage, from which something living protruded, and which we .took to bo cither its young or somo animal oapturod and stored for food. animal (or one About a week later I saw the same
teeth. to
its

Attached yellow

at us, displaying

a

doublo

tier

of

long

witnesses.

Between
trail

of February, 1871, One warth day in the month whilst myself and party were having lunch at the hill at Bundanoon, our fojt of a rocky, cavernous drawn and decided attention was to the unusual manifestations of terror exhibited by a large dog of which invariably the bnll and mastiff species, which me on my bush excursions, and as a bulldog ant"—about was, so to speak, "as game fire. The the only living thing that will encounter the direction of a large from animal came cliff, crouching close tn me, trembling, up pitious and unaccountable and whining in a most manner. Thinking that a snake had bitten the dog, I, with in the direction my companions, proceeded our.selvns with of the cliff, taking caro to well arm at hand—sticks and the most effective weapons On emerging from the sorub we found stones. white sand, about'20 a strip of smooth, on On this sand we yards wide, fronting the cavern. to shape as found fresh tracks of such size and zoological speculations. The tiaoks baffle all our degree an clearly defined, resembling in some were larger, foot, but muah outline of the human wider in proportion, and showing seven instead of five toe-marks, the great toe, unlike that side. foot, being on the outer of the human formed a the lines by the footprints, was

tho road leading from similar to it) on a tree near the top of the Barrengarry Mountain to Burrawang the junction ; and having, no —about a mile from acknowledge my cowardico, and firenrms, I must pretty quick. admit that I made myself soarce Somo timo ago I was reading a letter written by a Mr. MeExrey to ona of ths papers, where he refers to the existenco in the Ttunkey and Forbes districts of
If the creature monkeys. of these, then Australia can safely lay claim to tho possession of tho most and race of monkeys on the face of tho earth it is no wonder tho poor blacks have a wholosomo
a

tribe

of Australian
saw

accompanied

which I

is

ona

hideous
I I

;

overhanging

dread of tho dibbildibbil,

or i&c.,

Yours, Como, IHawnrra

J.

G. HIGGINS.

Railway.

May

15.

ourselves

considerably
such
as

.

could be made

by dragging
<

a

bush

or

sand; equidistant broom

nml as this trail was tho over from each lino of footmarks, I reasonably l«y the tail of tlio" xtrango caiwd that it was animal that wo had tracked to its rooky lair—for the tracks led right into tlio oavo, abouttho mouth of whioh heaps of bonus of various animals lay tho With bleaching, including 'lr>sa of n horse. objcct of dislodging tb<> monstrosity, I caused a liugo pile of dry bushes lo ha built and set fire to at tho In a state of breathless mouth of tho cavern. wo awaited developments v and a favouring of smolio and gust of wind blew tho dense mass

eoneluded

expectancy

A roar like an flames fair into the opening.. followed by tho sound of falling rooks from higher up tho hill, startled us, and through the clambering up tho clouds of smoke wo saw rugged faco of the hill, with long, bushy tail erect, and dislodging the stones as it clawed its way beforo seen, an animal such as I had never and philosophy, heard, road, or dreamt of in my

earthquake,
ascending upward,
whioh
exit

sidoopenmg,
as

had escaped
I

from
see

could

tho. oavo through by the smoke- whioh

a

mado

describe

can an I As near tho same quarter. it, the appeared to bo fully nine feet creature largo, and resembling that of a in height; head human-like : arms baboon, but with n faco moro Ion.;, black, muscular, and dovoid of hair;: body

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