The Manaro Mercury, and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser (NSW : 1862 - 1931), Saturday 20 February 1892

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creature

crossing

over

the

An
FOUR

Anntdsile Mystery.
STOCKMEN HUNTED. GORILLA.
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The
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Armidale Express of February
letter,

in the following account of an adventure said to have while out happened to four men' mustering cattle on the lower end of the Kangaroo Hills run, and the correspondent asserts that the account iB .perfectly true, and can be verified application ain to the manager of the

publishes

gravelly bed of the river,' and coming towards them. They wero startled so that they began to prepare for a hasty '?'flight, if busily and were noces&iryV engaged in strapping their swngson to their saddles, when a heavy stone, evidently thrown from a short distance, came with terriffic force, and struck the fire, scattering it in all directions. instantly seized their brjdles, The men and ran their horses to whnr« were feeding, about 200 yardfi away, and found thorn snorting and in a terriflWl
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state.

Kangaroo

Hills station
FISHING

:

They caught and mounted them bareback then, after holding a con
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DISTURBED.

sultation,

On a January party of four stockmen down went to the lower «nd of the run named to muster cattle, and fixed their camp on the Day's Uiver, obout half a mile above the bar. Just as it was getting dark they
?were

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fishing opposite

a

big, steep spur

they decided to go hack to tmd get their saddles if camp, possible. They found no one at tile in the act of. saddling cantp, and were horses, their more when some stones were thrown at them; tiifcy mounted their horses, and galloped off into the bush. the
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«£ the mountain, which ran precipita tely to the edge of the water. They had been fishing about half an hour 'when they were startled by a heavy splash in the water, right in front of

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WITH

STOXES.

them,
thrown
more

as

if

a

in.

After
wns

splashes

had been few minutes two when one of the came,
a

large stone

After they had gono'abouta'mileiip the riyer .-,th(eyf .^stopped, and... were speculating what it that had' was jstartled them so, .whpn in. about, 10 fell minutes, another stone about tux yards' from them. This one was' eVi deittjy thrown from a great distance.
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men,

from
stones,

who the
as all

sitting

a

little out

apart
to his

others, not
it

called

companions

to

throw

none of them had They thrown any stones, and each thought that it wns one of the others who had done it. Presently three morn heavy

wonld declared

sny more frighten the fish.

and did not 'stop 'till- tlvey jciaji 'gone' several miles. The counter *fcn-u|lj ?which thny were riding WaS SrWy
'

splashes The .nea

came

in
to
some

began
that

thought
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lark with them. Who's throwing stones over there ? There was no but they heard aiiRwer, something moving on the rocks, but could see nollring, as it was quite now dark.
.

quick succession. gat alarmed, and one was having a called One out,
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mountainous, being about the roughest of the Day s River gulfej £nil tiiep rah great risk of breaking th«ir necks rid ing over it at such .v pace on r* -dark r-^S^^4^n_nrr'v'nS at -the junction ,of

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Oreek;Jantf%di-ay^

imBiifer ihBy:»topped ngain;.atid thought that at all events, by this time, r they bad given the animal (whatevet% was)

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borses began to snort aod tried to break aw»y. Xb fchis insGSil a^stnne' .was thrown wkh gaeabforcs and struck quite close to the head
past
or one man. fcna;! bfOfcttfti*

Presently another stone fell right at the feet -of hue of them, splashing the
?water
all over

him.

They

all
as

.

jumped
fast
as

They
jfae

ga11b{ie9m«gmhii
rode up

up, and made

for the firo

dLvei^

Thunderbolt's

they

and then began to talk matters who hud over, and wonder thrown the stones, when they distinctly Ward the steps of some heavy two
leggerl
creature

could,

crossing

over

the

to

get exhausted, and they £ '.^
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were

compelled

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They remained there for some hours, and, just as^daylight was approaching, at last in safety, thought they were aud were preparing for three to sleep,' while one kept watch, when one of the distinctly saw men the form of a large It was creature, resembling a man. height, but much larger about the same in the body, standing about 50 yards above them, on the spur they had been directly in front of going up. It was them them, preventing from going any further. in a He stood for a momnnt clear place between the trees, nnd cuu'd against, k'w. sky in be distinctly seen the pale light of .coining (i.i.y. He stood only for an instant, and then mo%'ed slowly and quietly down the hill. All this time the horses were fidgetty, and snorting as if they very afraid of. smelt something they were Presently they could see the animal sneaking quietly up the hill towards them, and this time on one side. They galloped oft again down the spur. There were stones no thrown till they in motion, when were several flew swiftly past them, and they narrowly escaped being hit by some. The ani mal followed them for a short distance, and then, after throwing one more stone, made off up a very steep spur, a place no horse could possibly climb, and they saw of him. It is more no reported a gorilla was seen about three years ago, on the Guy Fawkes River, by a man who tired three shots :it him without effect. The four unhappy men who were chased about all night, in this singular all quiet, are manner, reliable men, not given to romancing, and no one here doubts their story as they nil assert that it is positively true, And they are prepared to swear
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j

that

this account

is

true

ticular, detail.

and
*

not

exaggerated

in every par in any