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yet another brute of whose existence the firmly persuaded as of that of the as
his skull has not to the
yet been picked of a medical
not too hastily
the things that actually live
and be. He is described as a serpent of immense size and length, with a black which, by-the-bye, is also bestowed on the mane, of our dark authorities, According to some Bunyip.
his girth is that
down among of The name
good sized gum
length that of seventy-four
fit for the main-topmast spar while others of a more enlarged a
ception declare him to
circumstance has led some is the blackfel persons to suppose that the Mindai It is certain that they ascribe low's god or devil. evil that befall them to its agency, and every may that they promise their enemies that they will endea to procure his assistance in effecting their anni vour hilation. These facts, however, do not disprove his
method of expressing beginning or end, and
road a thing without
have knelt down
It is some
and worshipped apes and stocks, must also beings of the imagination. they are what extraordinary that
seen no a
him from who declare and
they speak of
accounts, while there are many maintain that they have
about the size and shape constrictor, with a tuft like a bunch of of a feathers on his head, and the majority pronounce emu in the act of him to be perfectly harmless. When progressing, he carries his head in the air to the of the shoulder of a middling-sized height man, all stateliness the looking round him with and such he large boa
serpent rather out of the way
of the lady
Mindai her low whining cry.
her young, and
place of habitation of this
interesting reptile is
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Maltae Scrub. His principal food they say consists of the egg of the lowan, a bird frequenting the barren
from the kangaroo
although they manage
to destroy him,
that he has
tender bit of
a kangaroo, or even kill In order to him,
they place food of the above
procure, in his way, and when surfeited, they stick him to the
ground with large spears right through him, and
then And surrounding grass and scrub. to give an idea of his size and strength, they assert that when in his agony, he lashes his tail on the ground, every stroke may be heard for miles like It is strange if such a ser the report of musketry.
pent does exist that
by the whites.
should never yet have been But then if he does not exist,
the pertinacity of
main many is equally taining that they have seen him, strange is, is his in of existence favour somewhat and what that those only who do not pretend ever to have seen him, ascribe to him the supernatural qualities and alluded to, and pourtray him of vast powers above
and boundless dimensions ; which from the lips of those who profess to be acquainted with him by sight, we than a very large hear of nothing more serpent, about which, the most, and almost only, ex traordinary thing is, that no white man has ever seen be recollected, however, that the Mallee Scrub, which alone the blacks tell us he is to be found, is very little known, and from the fact of its being impenetrable with horses, very few have ventured to explore it, and those few have ever soon turned b^ck disgusted and fatigued. Nor is it merely an insignificant patch of scrub to which the
mindai confines himself.
Mallee forms a desert extent, in which there are The
patches of feed,
and kangaroo, which dwell therein, and emu It water, though only in inconsiderable quantities. therefore be admitted, that the mindai has an must equal claim to our attention with the bunyip, nor can
there be any positive grounds for denying the an equal right with the other to the recently
covered head of the serpent being, accord peculiar shape, and ing to the blacks, of very
dissimilar from that of other snakes.
dwell particularly in their descriptions and
convey the idea of an elevated brow, to the appearance of which, the black tuft or But to conclude, if no such crest adds considerably.
serpent does exist, the blacks are (to use the highest term) most capital fabulists, and whether he does or not, we have merely ventured to draw the public at
tention, for the
time, either to
serpent of the
true story of a deserts, or to the
fable of the
the above that
may be. [Since written, Mr Bear, iun., informs us shepherds (a white man) has lately of this description, which a monster
(Herald, Port Phillip
The following account of the snajiw of Western
of Mr the Native Tribes
To the Editor oj the Inquirer.
time past to send a desire for some information respecting the snakes which are
of the settled districts
has commenced when they all their places come hidingtheir viru out from, with lence, I beg to offer thi«, beine th« result «f some expe rience and attention bestowed on the subject by myself, and also by the help of the natives of different tribes; and I trust that it may be oi some to our brother use
be taken at from twrlve to considered veno.nnus by the aborigines. The largest are seldom fourd to reach ten feet, and the genera' size is from one ; to seven although Morrison the gardener informed me that while he was out botanizing --n the sea-hills (o the south of Perth, he
1 he different kinds
about fourteen feet longr, and Their food consists of kangarooiguanas,
In starch of birds,
they climb the trees with astonishing dexterity, twisting themselves round and round the trunk to the top, and then gliding through the branches and over the loaves
in lying; apparently awaiting surprising: manner; the approach ot the honeysuckers and other bird?, which
rather loud, like
it is in is when search of food. say. Many of them remain io the holes in the trees, and there up the natives lind them, often to their dismay, when ex
this, the natives
pecting an opossum. A Davis) having observed
the Canning (Mr F ascended for the it; but found, on his nearer purpose of destroying ap it proach, that there were prudent two, and considered again, but on to return attempting to descend, he saw another making towards him up the tree, when he fortu nately killed the whole three without being bitten. Ho*w the/ hold themselves on the tops of the leaves is most
in a tree,
was out barefoot, and accidentally
the evening trod
the Can blackboy?,
snake, which im
mediately fastened on bis foot. The pain was very great, fast travelling his leg, and the effects of the venom up when one of the natives lound his leg up above the ancle, and scarified the foot near the wound, so as to it make bleed copiously. The lad soon had ease, and
of the out, and the master lad went down in search of the reptile with two kanga ror» dog.«, one of which it killed and wounded the other.
recovered ; but the poor lad Hunt, at Ellis', opposite Penh, died the same day from the bite he re ceived from a snake while endeavouring to take a bird which was its prey.
little native lad There was a walking and looking up
killed last tree whern
His attention being directed to tbo bird, he trod on the snake, was bitten, and died about I lad did. think the as other sunset, A large horse was bitten on Rottnest Island, which
circumstances, whether they are venomous other
been killed in the town, and
generally of the
appearance, but am led to conclude that they may be brought in with the dry logs of firewood, two snakes having been known to come of a log on out being thrown on the fire the heart of the wood being
decayed, and lying on the ground, presents vourable place of retreat ; but I have even seen one out of a bank*]? cone on being broken open
the water, swim One nearly bit a ming Hfcks), man him coming up to younc (Mr very quickly when he was in ona of the lakes: and they seem able to keep, underneath, for one I saw knocked off a tree near
small pond of water, remained qnito of keen the altt-mpts of a number secure, and its natives intent the poo), who sunounded Mghud upon
and boldest ht
from G to 9 dubyte belly, and brown hack ; it and may be the
my opinion, the has a yellowish
often called the black snake,
kind as the one known on the Syd where I believe the bile often by name, ney fatal. The natives here are very fearful of it ; he proves flying to the trees and climbing ones to get younger up out of the way. One darted at my brother John from
crocking the hush on a hot 3s he was day ; and one of this or another sort sprang at a young female whilst out a distance from her home, and another at her brother whilst on horseback. Tiie black-head (no-noa) is another which the natives
dread, being very vicious, and the bite deadlv. is length from 8 to 5 or 6 feet. The spotted snake fkabbarda) is also venomous.
5 to 7 feet.
body h of
lour, with dark spots.
generally found io rocky
places about the mountains, and
about the size of the
3 to 5 feet whip, and
greenish colour. The darting-snake has
2 to 3 feet lung, most
which, fiom spring (to use
is from very short body, and of which may be considered as the length, I suppose, enables it to dart a
expression of the natives)
sharply thrown. The ringed-snake
to 12 inches long.
small, being from
dish tinge, and
The ground body covered with black rings from the
to the head.
The grey or mottled snake is about a foot long, and strangely marked with grey, blue, white, &c. The carpet-snake is from 6 to 9 feet long, and may be harmless. The natives are less afraid of this than any it bile, the other of the tribes, and say that although may wound Tho
small, and but little pain attends is scarce, water, sea, or river-snake
rally, I think,
with the sea. brother killed
which hud been thrown on shore at the Murray ; it was and I obtained lying just above the wash of the wave*; something of the sort on returning on one occasion from than from 2 to 3 more Neither were Rottnest Island.
able to send you
of the snakes, and having no specimens by me, the de scription is principally given from memory. is to take inwardly One remedy given for persons bitten, ten minutes, and rub the thirty diops of hartshorn every wound
oil is an
well with the
volatile will do.
excellent thing, well rubbed
into the wound
the piece out if possible, I remain, Sir,
and rub the part with brandy.
Your obedient servant, F. F. Perth, October 17.
the Native Tribes.
The connection of the Atlantic and Lake magnetic telegraph,
cele 507 the adjusting On turning brated September of the magnet, Professor Morse found all right, screw and sent his compliments to, and received answers
minutes Of the phenomena, which signalize storms, nothing is more remarkable than the repugnance of the elec tiic fluid for silk. The steel ornaments of a purse have been known to become twisted by the fluid, while the silk remained uninjured. A covering of
silk is accordingly
the surest preservative. But curious fact that to none of the insect species
thunder-storm more fatal than to the silkworm, as the silk-growers know to their loss. A new Hungarian dance, called the Csorder, is all
theragein Germany, and likely to supersede the Polka.