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once suburb of Adelaide, was called Graham's the site of a notorious mansion It had the reputation of being haunted, Castle. ^ curious tales. the centre of many and was
Australia Castle.— South Graham's early of a castle in the could boast the people In the forties, when days. caTains, and mud lived in tents and their to greet etood at their doors street to another neighbors from one called in a Adelaide, gentleman
out from Graham came England, 'rollhe He vowed was ing in money.' had for He going to build a castle. companions a gentleman and hie wife. in Adelaide, to stay The lady was husband went to Victoria while her built 'castle'' was The to find a home. North the between road, on Lower
ponies. Only the 'upper servants' plept in the 'castle.' There was a wall, about large stone 10 ft. high, in front of the house, with three large iron gates. was One an entrance for Graham Mr. and the 'gentle folk,'' in their ?who came a carriages, down drive, bordered with lovely roses, and
of well laid-out gardens. In epite the display of wealth there was always place. an air of mystery about the
Then one peared, and
a It was two place. 30 etoried building of about square built were rooms. The top rooms pillars which formed the stone on
verandah The rooms
on cedar, panel doors Dittle wheeis, which fitted back in the pillars. a of It was splendid house It had oak, cedar, stone, and marble. two kitchens at the back, with one in, built where .they brewed coppers ale. the In the hall was a cedar and two lions' stairway, there were the hal] door.. Jieads for knockers on In the wall dining-room half of one of made gla^s win at the top v.hs eight-- doors dows. There were into and the drawing-room, joining that were two richly panelled, with rooms, doors which slid back into the wall to make One could one room. go on the from roof inside by a flight of stairs and get a good view of Ade laide and to Port Adelaide. Be away sides the 'castle,' there was another Jarge two-storied building for the ser vants, and and etables for racehorses ponies. Only the 'upper servants'
found. People 'castle' that a was haunted, 'and ghost had been seen at different times. The legend was that while people were sitting at night playing cards in the dining-room, with the glass windows driv open, a carriage would be heard ing in at. the gate, but it would stop it got to the before A hall door. would woman get out dressed in white silk robes, walk to the glass win up then look in. She would dows, and
the lady disap ever of her was to the say began
vanish. Sometimes the guests would the hear her steps going large up stairs. relish Mr. Graham did not cir a these yarns, which wide had in the end he sold the culation, and A place and returned to England. called 'Winhajn bought it, but the man and 'ghost' appeared just the same, servant no could be got to stay there.
suicide because her lover had jilted her. She poured kerosene over herself and -set herself on fire. This occurred up stairs in what they called the 'Blue Room.' would no one After that sleep in the house, and there 'were two ghosts. Soon after this Mr. Win ham sold the house, which next passed
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hands of a land agent to be After the place had been empty for some time, some friends of ours lived there, and I went! to stay with them. I never saw the 'ghost.' friends left because Eventually our in white walk they heard the woman ing up the stairs. After this the place offered was for 6d. per week, but no one would live there, for all Adelaide of the The knew 'ghost.' by now wasmansion offered to the Govern ment for a hospice, or to anyone who it. like to buy it, and would finally sold, and was The land demolished. train was re-surveyed, and the north
stops there now. They call the place Park.— E. M. Pa&V'Verran. Worth Catching.— This eight years about occurred of the central districts of ago, in one Eyre's were Peninsula: Kangaroos to did much and damage numerous, the wheat crops. Consequently the farmers on Sundays and holidays ar ranged kangaroo hunts, and invited all and sundry to join. On this particular from Gwernment a day several men bjt were construction camp In the near party. During several the afternoon killed, and finally a half 'roos' were was grown One one captured alive. of the men had a lassoo, which was thrown around the animal's body and tightened up under the 'arms.' The ''roo' was less, unable or then, more and to help itself, the men came around trying to get it to 'box,' and in various ways annoyed it. The ani mal became tired out, and provided sport. Finally one of the men poor got the idea of dressing it up In clothes
Strong; Man of Clare.— In the early a man there was working at went River Station, who by of 'The CFreeaman.' At the the name time the station was owned by Mr. C. was B. Fisher, the manager Mr. Emery, It was and the gardener, Mr. Elliot. this Elliot who planted the pinery and towards the trees along the roadway Farrell's Flat. the main At this time derived of Clare's business was source from the stations, Hill River and Inchi quin, the latter owned by Mr. E. B. Gleeson. One harvest time there were English visitors at the Hill River head station, and the proprietor was show the lumpers loading the bul ing them Green with lock waggons wheat. 'The man' was carrying, and the 'boss' said He did. then he 'Put two,' and up three of the big volunteered to carry
seventies, the Hill visitors were sacks. The «o pleased that they each gave the strong man a sovereign. One day 'The Greenman' was riding into Clare when Mr. Dayies of the brewery A. J. Bowleys (now (Shop) asked for the loan of his horse. said, 'He's no good in 'The Greenman,' harness, but what do want?' you Davies answered, 'This barrel of beer for the hotel.' 'The Greenman' put his it and carried it across around arms to tiie pub. On, passing along Armagh he saw some men and a paar of bul locks trying to get a huge log out of the creek. He said, 'Sure, the poor beasts are straining themselves.' Get ting into the creek he lifted the log to the top. The Northern Hotel (now Benttey's)' was in Smith's time the bullockya. gathering place for most There was for their teams an run open At on the land (now the Clare Oval). one of these gatherings 'The Green man' had spent all his substance, and a bottle of gin to take home. wanted He was refused 'tick.' Seeing one oi his pals passing with his team, he me called out, 'Steve, lend your leadens?' He fastened the chains one to each of the posts, and verandah called to 'Smith. 'Are you giving me that bottle?' did some Smith rapid thinking, and as 'The re Greenman' turned leaders, his hip the borrowed pocket bulged with a protruding flask. E. J. Scott, Clare.
tributed a shirt, another a hat, a third a necktie, and a fourth a much worn waistcoat. The kangaroo was be decked with this collection of odd gar ments and a beeline released. It made for the nearest scrub and disappeared. half later, when the About an hour party were on their way home, a 6hout of rage went up from the navvy who 'Strike me was minus his waistcoat. Two dead!' he howled, 'me money! fivers in me inside waistcoat pocket on that bloomin' 'roo!' He turned in his traclis and raced back towards where the 'dressing up' had taken place. The whole party followed, and they hunted for the kangaroo until dark. after conducted Although hunts were that at every available opportunity, that animal particular carrying ten pounds in notes in his inside vest was pocket seen again. never 'R.V.H.,' Yeelanna.
Determination. Beside the the Port Lincoln beautiful ship 'Herzogin Cecile rode at anchor, her masts and spars reflected in the The clear water. lumpers had finished she loading wheat, and leaving sias that night to join in the long race to England. to be What appeared
Girl's jetty at
to England. to be What appeared a slim boy with pulled well down cap and a cigarette, was smoking walking This slowly along the jetty. 'boy' girl called Jeannie, in was a whose tention it was the to stow on away ship. She had previously been to a barber's, hair her Eton had cropped, and then. sw(imming out to gea in her clothes, bathers, had dropped her own a stone, into the sea. wrapped round Then, dressed as a boy. she had set Half-way out on her great adventure. along the jetty a man stopped her For a second and asked for a match. been she feared she had recognised. Amid the general bustle she aianaged into the hold to slip on board, and unnoticed. went Unluckily the mate down for something, and. 6eeJng her there, roughly ordered her to leave the ship. At sunset the Herzogin Cecile was out in the bay waiting, for the breeze. About 9 o'clock a fisherman
and to him out to his boat, be rowed The over-stayed his leave.
asked to he had as fisherman
to bed the day before, and had gone can with his hunting spurs on, one On one understand John's lament. of Cottrell's birthdays, a kindly neigh bor sent her son across in the morn all He was ing with a leg of mutton. thanks, and immediately set about His preparing his feast. culinary still lie was efforts were very slow, and he So preparing it at lunch hour. had a large He went without lunch. oven, put the leg in, and filled camp the rest with thickly peeled potatoes. a tea— big That night Cottrell had tea. Next the boy again day when fouud looked in he Coitrell in bed, On that oc moaning and groaning. casion Cottrell had to have his sto mach massaged, and for the rest of the week he didn't trouble to eat at all. Cottrell was believer in a great Once for a cold Tie quack medicines. He took half a bottle of eucalyptus. told his neighbor, 'It brought ine to an knees, boss.' Cottrell was my expert horseman, rifle shot, and mar vellously well versed in the readings of said' in those days that He the Bible. each year the
obliged and rowed to ths side of the Jeannie Herzoerin CecHle in the dark. climbed a rope hanging from the side, and this time succeeded In getting into the hold unnoticed. A breeze springing up about midnight, the ship got under way, and Jeannie began her Journey. out at She used to creep water. food and night and procure However, the creaking of tiie ship, the darkness, and the rats sot on her after three she days nerves, and walked out on deck. She was taken before the captain and eevjerejy repri manded. But it was too late to put in anywhere, and so Jeannie stayed taken chaise of by the trip and was in London. an aunt Although the sailors thought that a woman board on would bring them bad luck, the Her 'Seagull,' the race.— zogin Cecilie won Port Lincoln.
Cottrell was an Stories Of CottrelL native who lived educated Australian who educated at Hartley. man The him was toe late Mr. Murray Cottrell. shack. One He lived in a one-roomed in of his friends, John Chinaman, was On the habit of staying wit3i him. ope occasion, the day of the local hunt, from the dhase, when Cottrell Teturned Cott he found John awaiting him. reli's he furniture was and meagre, John. In tiie his bed with shared morning John said, 'By cli, Cortrell, toe nails velly long.' Seeing that ?Cottrell had imbibed unwisely but well
two seasons are now The nearly later than that he made when months asked prediction. When how he knew, he said he could teil by the comets and the stars. 'Pansy,' Milang.