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'HOUGH have heard
localities, at the
person visited and been -familiar with ally I have localities for favorable the bunyip's many tradition had fixea upon which as his presence,
never favorite seen haunts, and I have aught in any that I could in possibly construe way to, the So I mysteriously missing creature. liave to content writing about myself with tell only what what I have I never seen, and have heard the natives say of this, their aqua
many of, but
have «tt&er --f
tic devil-devil, woods.
evil spirit of terra firma, is called in the western district, where the be lief in Ms existence and evil doings is much it is amongst same the as the Narrinyerri around Lake Alexandrina. This spirit is said to be very fond of pretending to be a log or
the A in
unsuspecting blackfellow. told by 'Taplin' of the belief
inti hard hard-~ an,
mately a working, drinking,
annual used see to fre the him
quently bunyip, and
contrary. to the trust to the sight of His own. fellow 'Can't a tell of his expressions; and 'I one eyes?' was now.' I as sees as him you I seen plain yer a splashing about and were 'He a swimming the lake (Lake Alexandrina), quite close in He at him. look a good I had shore, and han I ever bullock the as biggest as .were big in long covered black, and dled; but ihe were fell shiver a and I terrible, roared hair, and he
with, and ling me.'
I had he
friend old confirmed my the support of the belief was 'sit all agreed that that one aboriginals, who Mac. did down along a lake;' and no* doubt sounds, hear the roaring and strange uncanny of young mobs for often, when route with en
in his honest for the In shipped in Adelaide and camped on the shores of Lake I have Alexandrina, myself heaTd those how mysterious they sounds, and wondered unex were produced. That there is still some to this, and plained mystery attached perhaps localities, I am I other ready to admit; but horses(to be dian market),
to fight him atack meant
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hr.d gone He took with He at the end. of the swamp last one got
said tbe nar into the reeds to him the long rod,
had patiently sat tlie until ducks within reach, so he
skilfully let tbe noose fall over iis then suddenly dragged it out This frightened the rest of the flock, so lie got up and came He walked in a path through away. the high, thick reeds, which were far above his head, and then came to tbe place where iiead, and ?they were lower— about All up to his waist. of a sudden he heard tbe whirr of a waddy as it flew by Ms bead, and yet he saw notMng. were Strong arms put round him, and a great invisible being hugged him in bis grasp. He had beard that Melapi sometimes thus attacks
it is wisest
shuddered grip, and
reeds crashed he swayed about
to resist; so, al with fear, be returned wrestled with the spirit. and crackled under his feet in tbe strain To
im was get away possible; to yield and be dragged off was aw ful. He put forth, another effort. He fancied ?tbe unseen one yielded a little. Encouraged, be put forth all his strength, and tried to throw his adversary. As he did so, with straining elenelied teeth, and ?muscles, and staring eyes, he began to see a dim outline of a form like a and as he strove it became man, plainer and plainer. He a wild cry, and as he did gave so Melapi burst from Ms grasp and disappear father came to tbe camp back tired. He told us what he bad felt and seen, and always afterwards firm ly believed that he had wrestled with the great Melapi.' This story is so faithful to the super stitious belief of this great tribe in the exis tence of the 'devil of the woods' that I have my ed. When
Ilk a boy in the power be manfully returned felt faint with horror.
as an a
powerful man, ourang-outang, had
and, falling asleep,
the old nigger, who and almost as hairy had a great gorge, attacked with a heavy
nightmare, ta king the form of Melapi, and, be of great courage, ihe struggled, and ing a man
this and haustion staunch the
account for Ms ex the camp, also for his he had really encountered
TMs tribe call the bunyip, or Melapi. evil spirit of the water, Multye-waanki, and from father to son has been, handed a tradi down tion that a piceaninni blackfellow was playing upon
the shore when it off to carried bottom of the lake's fa.ther then obtained
hiding-place at the The greatest depths.
bis waist, giving the around fellow-tribesmen to hold, the while the sorcerers their secret in performed cantations for the dispelling of all evil spirits. Then he dived to the bottom, and wandered 'until he came about to the secret resting-place end to Ms of the dread he had Multye-waankis, whom the good fortune thanks to the incantations of the sorcerers— to find deep. in the soundest of slumbers, and there also his child, as was He seized thet»oy, and pulling yet unharmed.
strongly on the cord as a signal to his friends above, was drawn rapidly -and safely to the shore, both father and son being but little the worse for their wonderful and exdangerous perienee. At the head of the Herbert, m Queensland,
the natives believe that a monster devil wanes about and eats up greedily both men and wo and that no however well aim men, weapon, ed and strongly thrown, can hurt him. They call him and believe he is to be Kvingan, found hi certain deep pools and scrubs, and on the sides of certain
to be or woodi devil no doubt, so far as the natives is equal to the occasion.
Kvfiigan yip and Muuroop
kind of bun all in one, and
district of Victoria the na western have a tradition that two brothers went out ^gathering swans* that, after eggs, and having obtained a good haul, the younger bro ther would return alone into the very depths of an immense to obtain swamp more eggs, when he was seized and7disembowelled by the The elder brother, after. waiting a bunyip. a fire on his; bark long time, made canoe, and In the tives
in search of 'the He missing one. him by a big swan's nest, dead, and near by him a huge biinyip. He tookaway. the body without interference from 'the bun yip, which they say only eats of the '-inside of men or women. The'Jbody was- then burnt, only the bones of -'arms and legs l-eing saved relatives. as relics by near the early settlers the Amongst bunyip was i recognised animal,' owing to the persistency -f the natives in their parlous accounts of it; much after, 2onsequenHy it was re sought set out
gardless of the; tlreaflfui character the abo riginals had given it for voracity. Sonje de scriptions represented it as having an enor mous body, covered with hair and feathers,
Its habits a large head and mouth. mysterious, always appearing suddenly Its voice wasjpe and -when least ^expected. culiar, as If was capble of both roaring in the most of emitting a suc and terrible manner cession of shrill shrieks. ;y All these deep pools that are supposed to be 'frequented, or to be the homes of bunyip, are
either bathing or fishing. There to time have been from re time some markable columns of accounts the in the the bunyip. One of the most re press anent markable in tlie 'Wagga. Express:' appeared
bunyip has again been seen, twice with last three in tbe in the waters of months, Cowal last, 1873, by a party Lake, in March of surveyors, be relied account can whose saw who were the out in a boat, and upon, animal about 150 yards off. They describe it to have a head something resembling a
human old man hair.'
being, or, in their own words, 'like an colored blackfellow, with long dark
straight direction, rising out of the water that they could so then see its shoulders, and of fish, and diving, as If in chase rising again at intervals of about six or eight yards and diving again. They tried to get closer to it, but could not for the pace it was going; conse quently could give no description of it lower than the shoulders. They say the animal did not appear to be afraid of them; but most that its occupation intent upon likely it wasso it never blackfellow noticed a them. Again,
fortnight since. they They in giving the same description of the agree head and hair as that given by the surveyors. The animal straight towards was swimming it saw and dived them them, and when disap
who man, it about a
spijat of the deep wa confounded with th% land terrifies superstitious who Muuroop, demon, Tbis bad spirit comes natives at night time. forms as lightning, in various shapes and as a meteors, and huge blackfellow, of ini* and mense very ugly, frequenting lone* power of brush. He ly places, scrubs, and thickets
peared.' The bunyip,
to can escape him, hope ordinary man an and to possess either by flight or combat, of the for eating inordinate picca longing (little children). ninnies of the is armed with He great numbers un with which throws be most deadly spears, follow myriads erring aim, and in his wake venomous snakes, that obey his of the most in some deep and call. He is said to dwell black no which all but inaccessible caves, of going near. fellow would dream with the is said to be great friends Muuroop disliked by natives, which owl, a bird much This (the owl's cry). be calls Kokok-Rokok bird derer ed A
wan alert to discover any and warn Muuroop/of and dread hated is both
friend of mine of the account had actually who
that he read authority
the strange., creature had actually seen What times. different tbree less than specially be had so done to he -of merit deed favored I did not hear, but surely after the w*orth itself the next seeing sight bunyip himself' had actually who be man the would who
Dr. Creed, has the Hon. fellow-Sydneyite, in a Tery pleasant theory regard to the identi some and with He the of bunyip. argues, ty have considerable force, that the bunyip may extinct now some animal, been large aquatic as the great crocodile, in these waters, such and quotes in support of his theory the indis
pre is established This habitation. by the been having fact of fossil teeth, mineralised, River. the south side of the Barwon on found
animals these deal south
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