Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1938), Friday 13 March 1903, page 35

THE MAHOLA^
Mr.
A. J.

TIGER.

teacher at have written
ventures

Buttsworth, publio school Cany an Loigh, is repotted to
the following
account
of

ad
near

with the
:—

tiger recently seen

Marulan
'

first seen about four The tiger waB reliable man miles from Marulan by a very 26th. Felt Saturday, on February named He was out rabbit shooting1, and was with it. in 25 yards of the animal before seeing

The

lying in the head of a fallen intently, but as the tree, watching1 the man only shot had a shooter gun, he wisely
tiger
was a

declined
his for
some

battle.
man

gun, the
It

Covering the beast with cautiously backpd away
then and then dusk, so then, bolted he
for

distance,
was

home.
until

waited
his
all

morning, neighbours (about

and

gathering

eight,) they searched

day
'

Sunday but without res.ult. spending Sunday wifch I was
on

some

friends beyond Marulan, and on arriving back in that town about 8 p.m. was told of advised not to go home that a tiger, and would have to pass near I where night, as I laughed at the the beast had been seen. affair, remarked and that perhaps whole the
man

imagined he
thing

saw

the
a

tiger,

believ

I in a set out on my journey happy mood, having twelve miles to go. ' all thick bush, and I had It was got horse, who half way when my had been ing the whole jogging1 along easily, all of a sudden gave a the across tremendous snore and bounded
the tiger which moment At the same crouching1 behind a bush have been must bounding at me with gaping mouth, came and eyes which glared like bull's-eye lan

to be

delusion.

road.

He mada about four bounds terns. all the time, nnd before fiercely ing
searcely realise my position, reins, the horse up ray gallop down
'

growl
I could

let was

alone gather
at big
a

mad

the road.
was a

About 150yds. ahead

swing

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ing1 gate,

off at my road branched In my one. right angles to the main ' slithered pull horse the to endeavours np, the full length of the gate on his haunches, and cannoned into the far gatepost. He was

where

'

up again in it gate sent
'

an

instant, and
flying1.

*

breasting the

looked back, and the flaming eyes of the tiger, and although feeling pretty certain he had given hair was up and my np the chase, yet my I for cold, blood suppose both my horse and could
see

I

self

had

'

mild panic'
not
a

So off I set down

the

road, for I had brute would not
after me.

guarantee

that the
come

change his mind and
a

Another 200 yards and

small

On reaching the creek had to be crossed. went into a bed of loose we bottom, down jeand. On recovering, the wild chase from

supposed pursuer was mile or two the road
a

renewed.
was now a

For
'

a

bush

bridle

made the the way wo logs fly the and and stumps limbs dead have struck terror into the rattle must for miles creature hearts of every bush knock on the nasty one I got around* track/ the old horse lost several shoulder, and Three miles from fche scene pieces of skin. I struck a neighbour's house, and when I
related

and

my

adventure two

much

soared, and

men

the occupants who lived
until

were a

mile

«?'

mishap
as

they got .away would not budge apiece. ride a and to Worses gun I stayed at the house all night, and visited the spot where ray next n^orning o'Currerl. There were the tracks
-?'*

plain

as

v?oald ba

where

the tiger had
on

crouched, and
-where he had

ibo

footprints

bounded

towards

the gatepost I found a bnnoh traces of his horse had left behind, also Jbo tracks in elide. Theso, together with my of the the creek, convinced my companions trnth of my story. ' I had to attend school, but On

the road Ou of hair my
me.

Monday

and armed, dozen residents, mounted for his lord search unsuccessful made an ?ship. On Tuesday a second Gearch was
a

made, but

was

also fruitless.

On

Tuooday
seen five

five afternoon the tiger was again seen miles from Marulan in another direction, so organised for Thurs a mounted party was attending from all round to the day, men number of 43, whilst a second party of eight waB fal,

also out.

Both

parties

were

unsucceos

found ripped but a couple of sheep were this devoured, choice and the parts open habit. characteristic On Saturday being a another party mnde a fruitless search, nnd the general belief is that the intruder now gullies into the impenetrable has gone which lead towards the Shoalhaven. ' discredit the whole Of coursn, many
affair,

especially as the search parties were unsuccessful, but the scrub ia so thick that animal could bo within a few yards and an

then get
'

away

unseen.

Manyof

theschoola round have scarcely

a

pupil

left,

and

I'm

afraid the

scare

will

not

vanish in a hurry. People do not venture out at night, and all earry firearms ranging from the 'venesrable Blacfc Bess' to the latest repeaters. In fact, the whole place
is

in

a

state of terror.'

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