The Herald (Fremantle, WA : 1867 - 1886), Saturday 20 January 1877, page 3

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ISCOVERY

OF

A

LIVE

YAHOO

I

tl-e of Tle M'ilburn Creek eorrespondent, Sydnrey Erening fews under date Novem ber 1·, writes as follows; has' not Who heard, from earliest the settlement of th- colony, the blacks speaking of some'tnearthly animal or inhuman crca ture that inhatited some part of the wildest.

The men, on hearing such unearthly left their fi-hing lines and ran towards fire, the On. thiir comrade. reaching the
monster, the distant
cause some-

the.of

alarm

was

only.

fifty
stood,

yards.

On
a

their
ute
or

it.

appearing two, and
.rocks,
with

for
and men and

min
male armed

for

the

turned away Two of the
a

themselves followed and
of nature rugged

tomahawk

cudgel, rocky
it

inacessible,

rugged,

and

sequestered

haunts
colony, and or

this extraordinary
a short

phenomenon

for

in the' and of rocky mountains gorges Devil, Yalnbo-Devil namely--the

distance up
; stool

the

mountain

when viewing

suddenly

the

Hairy Man of the Wood-which and they stand in fearlul awe
for.onc
or

turned

to this of. terror

day
I,

round,
about

ani

sympathise

with

the
of

they were being then
of

approaching.

They
yards a which

as the men halted also

superstitious,
-and

sixty make,

from full

the
view

objoct of

terror,
shape a

aborigina!

esyingsE-of---those-w-ild

cmimmanding
and

his
that

unsophisticoted

denizens their
uborigninal

whole

resembled

the

Australian
of of with

bush-that
such and

tradition
or
so

unearthly

mnogrele

monsters

hare
men

big, slovenly man. dark grissly
.

The head
hair,
,-

was

coveredl
with

the
and of

face

do

now

exist-shough

rareandniolas

yetoft-n Fourteen

si.en

or

belived

-in

by

shaggy, darkis down the'legs
color.

hair, the
with

back

covered

hair

belly and a lighter
it

white

ot more than ten ago, and.': miles from here, towar ds thehean of the Lach station lan River, on Coolamba (Hammond's) and in one secluded the most of melancholy

days

This
beo

d,.vil-devil-or towards seeing

whatever

may
made

called-douLled

back
On'

round, and women the him coming,
and amongst

hurriedly
and a

fire

fearful
a

looking

spots

imaginable,

imperceptibly

commotion
_ag:in.

amongst

the females, terror

kind
men,

of

supernatural

thle

over creeps a terror of awe every one that has to pass through this far and wide-known While of the river. gorge or death chasm of Porter of Porter (a son a lad of the name

-took-pince--

hr-the-meantime,

--before

a farmer on the Lachlan), was shepherding a flock of his farther's sheep, netr the dismal

it sided the reaching camp, away towards mount. The names the inaccesaable rocky who witnessed and the of men two took in the scene Porter and are part Dunn, well

known Lach'an
tler
other

settlers

on

the

Abercrombie

and

rocky bridge

or

gorge,

as

man, unearthly-loking direct towards the lad coming high, rugged, and precipitous

so called, being was
him-

an

iuhu

Rivers. the

seenby from the

of

set Mr. Lannue, anotiher Lachlan has informed me, the neighborn all round or

rocks

The
ganized

day
a

tlhat the

dogs on.observing
would

such monster an unknown timid,and crouched attack, became around horror became the lad's legs. who struck with fear; he left the sheep to their fate, and his for collies, ran, together with

mon~tar,

not

of the human party to go in search alive. hunt him down, dead or and

It

is

not

many
of

weeks a
similar

-ago that
animal

I
or

recorded creature

the remains being found
is well

in the Walla
to

Walla blacks

scrub.

It

known
odd years

home.
hnd

the inhunman *relating was not credited seen, which father and oth:.rs-at-homerthey-lhowever-at
last,
place mustered

On

the old that the

settlers

for
will

the last
never
chasn-s

sight

he
the
_eampwithiunilfes-lofthis

thirty

by
the
or

death-likei of

courage, and described, hut could
of
Saturday,"

went not

to

exact see

find

anything

On
party,

the hairy man. last however,

the Lachlan, though to tances. every year water-hloles, but leave
away. veritable man's

long dis they come fish in the adjoin:ng before Whether
m
>n

sundown

to

a

fisling

miles camp blackman's
or

tlis be the Yahoo-devil-devil
of

of

went. to for a night's
famed of fish.
good

and wimen menyoung young water-holes the Rocky Bridge

the

white it is

hairy
now

the

;
.wood

sport.
and near

These

time,
are

water-holes

hop

d, will

shortly

1 till.

far

for quality and It is customary for those
to
remain a

quantity bent for
as a

sport

matterfui-lcorse,
tlhe

for the night, and, large fire is ma'de.
this-

On
-two

evening
I

of

memaorable-la,
the

hours

efore

sun-down,
women
of went

some of leaving
gaged,

the
one

to

their prerare

young
woman

men and ydung their lines, set friends to boil

the bil~ie,
the

and

supper.
was

While
as
one she of

en

young

suddenly
natu their o:

startled by observing a man, who, first sight, was at rally imagined party coming
towards tire

fire,

but

to walking closer, discovered the appearance and be unsightly inhuman, hearing in every way hair. the
shape and of a man with
-

a with

big

red

face,

hands bound,
to run.

legs

covered she

long shaggy
almost spell unable

From
screamed

fright
and

became
screeched-but

The

on

such

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