Recollections of bush life in Australia: during a residence of eight years in the interior

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J. Murray, 1861 - 162 páginas
 

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Página 120 - The most spirit-stirring sight which the sportsman can witness is the first view of a new pastoral district; and to the lover of the picturesque perhaps this is the most beautiful scene that Australia can afford . . . Plains and "open forest," untrodden by the foot of the white man, and, as far as the eye can reach, covered with grass so luxuriant that it brushes the horseman in his saddle; flocks of kangaroos quietly grazing, as yet untaught to fear the enemy that is invading their territory; the...
Página 8 - Whoe'er has travelled life's dull round, Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found His warmest welcome at an inn.
Página 116 - As a last resource, when neither running nor fighting are of any further service, it has a remarkable trick of "shamming dead," when it may be dragged about by the heels and well belaboured without flinching, lolling its head listlessly down, as if quite lifeless, until a fair opportunity for crawling away presents itself. A tame specimen, on our station, exhibited a striking instance of their natural cunning. He was chained in a small enclosure, into which a merino ram one day accidentally strayed,...
Página 104 - Koradger men, or priests, who perform the ceremony; and of a semi-domesticated Australian, Haygarth writes that he said one day, " with a look of importance, that he must go away for a few days, as he had grown up to man's estate, and ' it was high time that he should have his teeth knocked out.
Página 111 - ... that is to say, it would, upon leaving his hand, vanish round the right corner, and, re-appearing at the left, eventually fall at his feet. The whole circumference of the circle thus described is frequently not less than 250 yards and upwards, when hurled by a strong arm; but the wonder lies wholly in its encircling properties, and not in the distance to which it may be sent.
Página 61 - The best exemplification of this faculty is the process of driving, or as it is called, " cutting out " a single bullock, to which he will not submit without a sharp tussle, from the instinctive dislike to separation which all the bush. cattle exhibit. At first starting he trusts wholly to his speed, but, finding after a trial of two or three hundred yards, that his retreat to the herd is still intercepted, he doubles round in the rear of his pursuer, who, were he to continue his onward career, would...
Página 26 - ... is struck aghast with the occasional blasphemy of his language". A few years earlier, another had commented : The two most glaring vices, intoxication and profane swearing, prevail throughout the interior of New South Wales to an extent hardly conceivable but by those who have actually witnessed it contagious in this particular, the native-born youths often inherit this way of talking and grow gradually callous to its enormity, thus handing down to succeeding generations one of the most pernicious...
Página 61 - ... of New South Wales. From the earliest period of his breaking, he is taught to wheel instantly when at full speed, on any ground; and from the innate sagacity which horses have in discerning their rider's object, one that has been
Página 121 - To some the new region brings wealth, to others disappointment, while Anglo-Saxon energy at last triumphs over every obstacle. But Nature, as if offended, withdraws half her beauty from the land; the pasture gradually loses its freshness; some of the rivers and lakes run low, others become wholly dry. The wild animals, the former peaceful denizens of the soil, are no more to be found, and the explorer, who has gazed on the district in its first luxuriance, has seen it as it never can be seen again.
Página 38 - m not going to hurt anybody, if you 're civil; but we want the money, arms, and horses ; and those," he added emphatically, "we'll have. A nice place you 've got of it here," said he, with a glance at our bookshelves; "I could stay where I am all the rest of my life.

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