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STRANGE BUSH SOUNDS.
Horse Hoofs of Mystery.
Australia admittedly a land of the weird. Reading the article on "strange desert sounds" a one was "Herald," forcibly rein recent own minded experience. of one's 30 years ago, there On Meryula Station, over was an as outstation known (place Coocoomah its around of stumps). Standing anywhere single hut-like building, one's "view" was that plain, with a far-flung fringe of a sunburnt of trees for a border, and, in the mid-distance, a wire fence. One day, being alone on the place (a fairly common experience for bush wives), I was I heard the sound sewing in the house, when horse. of a fast-galloping Thinking It was ¡.tullun, I did" the head from merely someone I not trouble to put my. sewing aside. if as the rider were heard the sound cease, negotiating the fence gate, and then it came vigour, and stopped dead at on with renewed sight, as out of my the side of the verandah, pulled up short. When though the horse were at the rider did not put in an appearance doing, he was the door, I got up to see what one was I In sight. surprise, no and, to my the but the plain was around house, went bare living thing. of any Completely mystion fied, I told my his return, and husband "You dozed pains. was laughed at for my it." was off and his solution. dreamed was men one of the occasion another On again rehis return, and the sound awaiting "Here he is now," He said to me, curred. him, only to come outside to meet and went open. back again with his mouth still was inclined to treat the husband My we a as joke, until one Sunday, when matter was had nearly finished dinner, the "horse" again heard approaching, and he said with a I smiled smile, "Just In time to be too late." recognised the sound, and 1 had also, because see Go out and sweetly replied, "Yes, dear it is." in again He went out, to come who That's funny." "It is," quickly, saying. "Well telling you said I, "It's the horse I've been quite sure you But are about. you did not dream it?" off and doze a few times while we recurred sound The exactly In the there; always stationed were spot. I finishing at the same same way, it. explain cannot I might add that the usual conclusion, In theory that it covered a murold bushman's der, and that the body would be found burled never tested stopped, was the horse where time; the ground was out, at least not In my too hard.
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