The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Saturday 6 February 1932, page 9

we place as would the devil. What's lt, I've we with don't know. been lt's of years but here a number always now, it. alters, It never the same. Just as you saw summer or winter there's always good gross In water. the early days newcomers and would always select that spot for their camp, put up a tent or a fly perhaps they would it was -If dry and warm they did without either, under on a and slept their blankets If but usually, they had one; mosquito net, man as as a night. only for one surely For, camped there, so surely would a hooli-whooli I scatter come his belongings. and along I first came, was a victim when and dozens I have of others been here during the years it's have had the same Whether experience. in the track of whirlwinds I don't know, but it's who diabolically strange that everyone about. there has his luggage chucked camps it will Horses a blacks give wide berth. Thc it, and not feed on cattlemen give it the goby because, on the few occasions that lt has the for a night camp, been selected by them It's :attle have stampeded before morning. one across, of those 'haunted' places you come there and for which which nobody understands to be no seems explanation." I thanked him, and rode on, wondering; for further wonder, but next day I had cause galloped past at a furious a horseman when of was rate, where he seemingly heedless an object directed towards eyes going, with air, which Just then spread high up In the it was a bush out, and revealed the fact that

that

wrong

'

HAUNTED.
A
Stränge Camping-ground.
,

(By W.
civilised

R.

B.)

Like

aboriginals

have

peoples, the their haunted

Australian places, but,

as are the superior race, though we apt to laugh at the superstitions of our dark-skinned brother, and refute his supernatural beliefs, through scientific deduction, there is something

uncanny
a

about

the

.

places

which the
is

are

taboo;
scep-

something
wonder forces of
is

that

tical

even makes whether there

most
more

not
to

than the

the

nature

at
I

work

produce

phenomenon.
There
Illustrate one
case

what

I

mean.

remember, About

the back of Cairns, N.Q., ls Creek, well known in the 'Nineties for its remarkable deposits of tin oxide. Riding along
this
came

will which 120 miles at situated California

watercourse to

one

day

some an

years

ago,

I

Ideal place to a nice clear spring camp; of water, plenty of grass, and a good outlook, with 100 yards bank a sloping green to away which added than from rather of detracted thc pleasure it find, would as conduce to my warmth, for and was the time mld-wlnter, the temcan to zero in those near perature get very was altitudes. a My native of that blackboy district, but not of that "towrie," his "coun100 To try" being about miles distant. my surprise he refused to unsaddle at this or camp travellers, paradise for bush not was and satisfied until fully me he had a taken mile from the place. Even the horses seemed eager to leave the locality behind, and I had noticed, 1 dismounted to examine when the surroundings, that neither thc saddle horses nor the even had to eat or pack mules attempted nibble at- the luscious grass, they although must have been hungry. well, I scented a the blacks so Knowing devil-devil, native and, after the ghost or fright! he evening meal, asked Toby "why lonna After some good pfelln sit-down?" hesitation, ticent for

what

1

considered

rug.

"Boss, Haunted

I

been

tlnklt that

Hollow," said the

pfella camp blackboy.

lonna

"I told me: Toby no dunno, good; sposem you takem lent, devil-devil come takem camp, up No more everything. blackpfella, bin killed -no Yarranun that one more, (horse) grave. ho like him, dingo (dog) sit down. no he no I dunno, boss, he no good."

in

the blacks all such matters, boss, that pfella

over

Australia

are

re-

EVIDENCE Seeing that

FROM

EXPERIENCE.

would or not Toby could not the on information give me subject, I any it to bear determined in mind and seek enof the "tin scratchers," lightenment from one still of were several whom the working on The first man I spoke to ignored creek. my to cover question, purposely asking another up his refusal of my request. The second replied: You "What! The place with the grass. didn't there, did you?" "No," I replied, "my camp let me?" black boy wouldn't "Your blackboy's not a native of this part either, I see, or. If is, I haven't seen he him before." "He from comes beyond Irvinebank, at least is I that where picked him up," I answered. so "Well, perhaps lt's not that he strange should know about lt, but we whites all avoid we that place as would the devil. What's lt, I've we with don't know. been wrong

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