The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 27 January 1912, page 19

Mysteries

of the

Australian
STOCK
KEEN.)
travelling
of of
most
on
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Bush.

A PROBLEM
(By
VE
land of the in
is

OF THE
FRANK principal
the State

ROUTE.

routes

Queens
pro

the

scene as

what

bably
able the

ranks

the

inexplic
record in Of

circumstance bush life of

Australia. and harbbr the

deserted places,
or

huts which from and
it

and may

river
or

bends not

kindred

may

spirits
is

forms

another
is

world,
to

number the

legion;
tion Chest places nished

safe

say

from

Appari
Fisher's

Era,

introduced
ye<irs
since

into
ago, fur

Australia
many

by

many
have

out-of-the-way
I will strokes of the pen to a new whirl them away world world altogeher—a of splendor, of wonder and

their

Story

of

the

Unexplainable.
stories They
but pen
are

Apparition
numerous.

are

in fact,
I not
am an

common; about
to

of

fascination Por and
come

and the
if

of

mys I

what is

tery.
will story,
can

present
with any
a

apparition
narrative of

proceed
to how be
1

stdry;
1

it

is a

my reader solution
I

plain, bald
am

circumstance.
author of Tales These most
ever a

he cannot
can

may.
see

Personally,
a

the of

solution
Yet

series cf
are

Australian

be

iorthcoming.
must
are

there

one.

the Inexplicable.
claimed to be the stories

The

whole

extraordinary
written

facts, aud the country Drovers teams tain few
ence.

authenticated have examined of my written and
men

bush,

or

of the Australian ever that will be

with
1

written. haps,' would
if

Headers,
like
to

per know per with

of route years The

horses
ago

and
met

bullocks with
a

leading

towards

I'have

ever

had

any

travelling a cera the Gulf country, remarkable expertvery
an

(

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sonal

communication

spirits
other

have,
them
some

or an forms from 1 world. Certainly found and always and inte excellent

written country at taking ly settled, and was 4b square miles, there

resting
day
these far

company;
I may
an

and
furnish article
ap

pages that

of not a single settler That soil. means human of the or occupant a the route might make on two-days' jour you not meet with each of 20 miles day, and ney was habitation. The practi human country a what untenanted. Now, cally unpopulated and
area can be circumstance of remarkable in the way deserted a Nothing territory? of such told a less than systematic nor propaganda of more been solu has there never of which any theft, as of the most constitutes one The case tion. human a placed before tounding puzzles ever
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of was random

sparse

respecting paritions
rest read

spirits and
will
more

readers

inte than
ever

anything

they

have

from in print or heard With a lips. few human I will strokes of the

being.

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being.
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had

cut

he Maybe into camp. would come drover them turn would He four horses. with him feed tot the night on the partially-tim to

probably hobble three bered plain, and would fourth. In the morning, the on bell a and put his stock, there would be to catch he went when had bell. disappeared, They bobbles and no no have to walk drever would the and perhaps
several miles to find bis difficulty stock, and have The them. in catching
bell and
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dropped
They

from could

not bad hobbles the horses. not.

They

fas been had securely they tened. And yet and were a careful gone,
search

of
to

tbe

to bring them This experience be what and repeatedly, 1-appened to drovers The plains knew. of the property no one came be carefully, but nothing to examined would

failed light.

the indicate presence No found. was camp be heard tioises would and usual character, the ments among
sters

of

strange in the
no

intruders hoof

near

the
no
un

marks,
an move

night of out-of-the-way
stock. time after
say.

feeding
similar

and

would hobbles

have would

a

experience.
one

Team Bells

be

removed
to
no

tut where when the
locks the matter

they went climax came,
with
one

could
horses and

and the of
more

time, And bul and

disappeared
became

bells

hobbles,
mys

intense

The
ter

wonderful
the size It can of

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Ltd.,
a

FOB
been

A

SIAMESE

PRINCE.

by Bassctt-Lowke,
tons.

of

modern

pull seventy

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t«ry.

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course

of time,
the

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the story

of the

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to man from route thefts passed along in the their stock would guard travellers man, of partial dark and in the hours moonlight

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disappeared, nothing these occasions But plain. on the seen were intruders no the relaxed mys vigilance was the first time began again, and terious balEing disappearances quitted the travellers time In continued. and take them to entirely, and used others route
ness.

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their destinations. given particulars of these incidents were The by an experienced bush in the hrst case to me overlander, and he a man and Australian man of the bush, but he who had great knowledge and the the stock of the disappearances classed exftFaordin the most Lid as hobbles the bells a not^^if?^ the his incidents coining under ary covering matyy years. experience of an whole in bra vftate whatever mistake made no He ments. those

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supplemented by afterwards were and the route knew who other men, writer the then Since their property. bad lost the route. him3elf passed over has explanation of the cir what is the Now, the the bells and removed Who cumatances?
These of in the
first case,

bobbles

and

the

stock who

second?
wards
1

And of one likely.
at
a

Someone where to? ntiles in hundred And few
were

the the

in the rode up night? It

is
1

not

bells worth
Still,

and

hobbles

valued
' 1

shillings
were.

Scarcely.
were
>

But

never

horses again heard

trouble? stock the

of,

except

stances,

from

sileyards
no

hundreds

in in a few of miles away. had been un

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And
)

then
from
a

there

was

lawfully handled.
away

)

their whatever

proof they had been un wandered might have But then, grounds. feeding
no

They

when
no

vigorous

trace

was search immediately of found could be

made,
them.

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