The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 30 September 1911, page 19

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WAS
AV MJT mv X 11

THE

HAND

t

VltTUirr A JaAX

i ItflTUAT.TAV iffM'ff T

BUSH.

(By FRANK
I

KEEN.)
I
am

HE down

Incident
is
so

here

setting
and
so

^4'Pj
dents have
lian
ever

wonderful
that
it is

mysterious yond
pen.

almost
could

be

belief But

that such
remember
in

hap
inci

readers

of "The the that
to

World's that

News" been bush

must

witnessed

vast
no

Austra
one can

by
to is
&

human

The
and
at

hope bush
in

beings explain or

account

for.

wonderful-an
of

awesome-place,
placed
public^

support stories penned and my different times before the reading be stated truth in that

It may strictest out

In an instant; even .the poor, ignorant

of every who any in

hundred
have

persons lived for of time

length
real
one

blacks, born and nur tured within the heart of the bush land, being terrified
at

the bush at

this

wonderful

Australian halt time have
or

some

other

met

mystify log experience which

with

some

manifestation. The principal man who bears testimony to the incident is alive
to-day, and from his hard bush labors. This is the story <>l the mysterious incident, b e f ailing the manager of one of the well-known
at rest

and

well

they
out.

cannot

make

For
ers

Instance, read
will remember
some two

my years "The

story
ago

headed

Story of the Vanishing Steeds," which happened near
the southern Queens land border, and yet this incident was p e r f e ctly true horses riders and and clinking ac coutrements vanish

large pastoral pro perties in th«> north
west

New

of the South

State

of
as

told to tlie writer little others and a while after the actual Who occurrence. can ex plain it? And yet AJte principal was the soul of honor and truthfulness, combined in person with an acute, masterful in brain. It makes

teresting reading, anyhow.
In the in the
year

ing from
In
an

human

question, took
mail

ken

1889 Mr. M his seat as and passenger

the gentleman la the only passenger
,

coach

running

be

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be His bome was the two places, and needless to chronicle, was. a mail Mr. change. M the and, as stated, was got in at M The driver was an only passenger. ordinary 5ft. and occupied the bos-seat, some bushman, from removed the passenger. The Journey was due Mr. M-1the and driver. north, and their relative positions, both were 1b facing coach The had two the north. inside seats. That means that Mr. M occupied the (me the driver. from farthest away after the coach had an on hour About been a saw human white the road Mr. M-hand thrast through the right-hand opening of the door the door. The In this known as fibs ln ew* tw suae practically would mm passenger

coach

running
C
.

tween

the

townships of M between midway
,

and

>

> ) ) ) ) J

\

1

as a struction railway carriage door, the top leatkicr-llke cur half being open, but a black The hand tain was the top. from luspendtd It made wu and shapely. white, small, its appearance horizontal position, in an almost was withdrawn. and then steady, remained Mr. a a M cool was remarkably man, Now, He did controlled His ace was 43 years. man. little that call out. felt a not uneasy, He all. The the hand was moment disappeared he quickly put his head through the opening into the night, and called to the driver to out He the driver did. stopped on an stop, which are There plain. plains In this part of open the scarcely a wide, with country 20 miles The clear night was single tree upon them. clear. In tact. Mr. M expected to find very men of the young a probably cne horseman, of district stations, the riding along by the There Neither was no one! side of the coach. concealed there about was anyone anywhere It, mi the coach, underneath top of it. or any where else! The hand could not have been that 4ft. away cf the driver, some lie was from the five horses, opening, and holding the reins over

The coach rough and hairy hands. the Mr. called and M out, stopped instantly even of a galloping, cantering, or movements on the lonely be heard a walking horse must men. were Both plain. keen-eared, keen-eyed vigilant Is a man The bushman sharp, average and had in his own domain-quick to see and quick to that. him makes hear. environment His very bosh life is The note of Australian dominant of watching, almost one waiting, listening! no but the driver was There sign of anyone the one was seen on No and his passenger. plain, either en foot or otherwise. lid the hand come Where from, appearing as M It did? it Was a siga that Mr. might ex

It did?
a

Was
man

it a
or

siga that Mr.

pect trouble,
was

anything
had lived

like
an

M that?

might
No.

ex

He

upright life, and dying; as he he lived many afterwards, years in tfc* sight of hi* had lived, an honorable man
who sad his fellow-man.

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