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THE COUNTR-Y-POST. i I
. Èito h otrorçue palabrai.
Alone and under the influence of a reat Havan- nah, I >?t some, evenings ago ruminating on tin pleasing and rapid changea I had wituetstd »ince t left Hie land of my fathers, became »eitler in this charming island, and bt gan to improve, I melin to i III prove thal which bad been left in so lode and uu finished a stale by the /air hand of nature.
] have always found thai y «mr leal Havannah isa rsre piomoter of'thought anil reflection, and having drswn my chair lo the fire, crossed my It gs an» taken three wliitTs, my eyes half closed, and I tit caine uu conscious of every thing around me. The imagination was however al work, and I entered on the most pleasing train of reflections. The mind took flight and without waiting to notice the excellent new cut at ' Si. Peter's Pass, placed me in Hie centre of Hobait
town. I wsTmlered through the street» and examined every thing described bj the country gentleman who a few days ago kindly favour«ii us with so lively a,, account of the iiiiproeemenls and the tall We unfor- tunate wights who weie uni invited, are muiii in debttd to him. Tlie misfortune did not fall so'ht nelly on me, a« might have been expected. A recent att»ck of Hie ¿out hail rendered nie*unfit for darning, added to which my t(isles aie »cniewhat changed of lati>. 1 now preTer following the plough to dancing qu-idiilles and wtnildjraiher . , ,
" Stalk through the field with measured step, "Ami libel al throw the grain into the " Faithful bosom ol' Hie ground"
«dan wait al the bottom of twenty couple for my turu to u trip it lightly *' in hands four round and r mud, right and left.
The countiv gentleman had not gone beyond the truth, I lett highly gratified with the impiuveiuents already accomplished, those in emit' mpUtion were judiciously chosen and important.-And, if said I, these thing« have been accompli-lied by such nu ans in so short a time, what may we no1 expect aft« r a lapse of-fancy lapped mu on Ihe shoulder with lier wand, upset -my hypothesis and withdrew the vril from futmity. To describe till I SHW «nula sw<ll my letter to a volume-noble vnst Is fitting out for ihe sperm whale fishery, others taking in orgues of flour gfoufid by steam flour mills on the 'Whaifs, im- mense cooperages whose busy hammers made the welkin ling, clocks, break-water, savings iir.nk. Iwalg r, »leam vessels to Kangaroo point and New Norfolk, and sundry other things as Mr. Under- wood says " too nunn rous to mention.''
At this moment I light« «I another cigar, filled (ollie brim with home brewed, reduced the measure one third at the first pull, and relaxed into my former position. Aft« r a whiff or two I was contemplating my own improvements (as we are wool lo call tliein) At home, 1 saw the fellow« dropping the pos's into their places, the pannel-follow«d each otlnr in de- lightful rapititty. I heard the ring of the axe in dining home a rail into the mortice, lo nie the sweet
est musie'lif the bush, and I hate one or iwo û Dows
«ho play with great taslcon this instrument, 'linne,* go on well said I, the stuff will be down from Hu tier before I am ready for ploughing. Hie new pad doik will be fenced in by the lime the crop is out of the ground and all will be secure, I'll have the Men- nos pitt into an ioclnsure by themselves, m\ m xt clip I'll ship on lily own account, by Seplembtr wluat will be fifteen shillings a bushel, I'll «title Orrs ac- count and ouy Hie mare : surely tin« is a climate and country in which a man m-iy dowell, 1 must write to my friend G. to come oui, lie will succeed liete; and I II certainly---1 was interrupted in these rtfltctions hy the entrance of a constat le willi a sum- mons to attend au inquest on the body of an unfor- tunate fellow who had been speared by the natives! what! another!!! 1 exclaim'ti; the cup of joy «vas rlaslied from my lips, my bright anticipations vanish- ed. Are III-u the i nj iy nicols of our fire sides to be destroyed with impunité by beings who are bicorne the bane of the country ! Why it was but a few das. s ago I attended-but no matter, here then is another immolated to the malice of these vindictive wretches,
" Cut off in all the blossom of his sin,
" No reckoning made, but sent to his arcmint, " Willi all hi* imperfeeliups on his head."
Another tenant for our church ¿ard already filled with
those and those «Jone who have thus fallen ;'What dark and boody deeds mav not be expected from being«..whose hearts are filled with revenge, whose delight js ii) murder, and who have now Hie audacity to butcher our servants in sight of our windows! And where said' I is Ibis to end? imagination was at work and 1 again looked into futurity,-enough awake settlers, up and be doing,
"Shake off this downv sleep death's counterfeit, *' And look on desth itself."
Let no vain hope cheat ye into a belief thal the help-
lessness of women or the innocence of children will be
a protection, take warning and be on your guard for murder^«, abroad. .. AMONCSTAGOR.
MACQUARIE RIVER- Mr. Gilies's hut was attack- ed yesterday by the natives, and the two men fled for protection, and fortunately escaped without being
wounded. But I regret to add, that news of the
death of a man in the employment of Mr. Cotterell has just reached me, killed at the hut.
UPPER CLYDE- My servant on horseback was surrounded by two mobs of natives, near the lagoon of islands, last week, going and returning from seeing my sheep and had but just time to get away before they closed. They are in great numbers on and about St. Patrick's plains just now, from one to three hun- dred in a tribe.
BEN LOMOND.~-On Wednesday last the natives chased Mr. Batmans shepherd to his house on the Benlomond rivulet. Mr. Batman with four of his men, immediately went in pursuit of them, but found no trace of them that evening. Next day Mr. Batman was joined by two soldiers, and three of the field police, who with himself and two of his men made in the whole eight. About noon Mr. Batman divided
bis party three with himself, giving the other four di
rections to meet him at a certain place. Sometime after they at last discovered smoke, to which Mr. Batman hastened, creeping on his hands and feet within 20 yards of the place, before the blacks dis-
covered him. He then endeavoured to make them
stop, but to no purpose ; one of them was in the act of throwing a spear at him, when he fired at him in his own defence. The man fell, but got up again and ran off. Mr. Batman then pursued them, and at last overtook a boy about 16 years of age, whom he took prisoner. He then returned with his party to the fires which the blacks had just left, where he found 20 blankets, 24 knives, 2 muskets loaded, about 4 pounds of buckshot, a canister of gunpowder, a
bayonet, 2 pair of sheep shears, spears, waddies, &c. One of the muskets was the same that they had stolen from Mr, Robertson's, at the Elizabeth river, a few days before, when they murdered his man, and the boy described the manner in which they murdered him. Next day the boy conducted them on the tract of the blacks who had fled, and led Mr. Batman and his party to where they had been that day ; they then
followed their course until sunset, when Mr. Batman proceeded to Mr Pitcairn's farm Mill's plains, and during the night the boy made his escape, by groping his way up the chimney of a room in which he was
Next morning (Saturday), Mr. Cottrell arrived at Mr. Pitcairn's informing them that the blacks had robbed his hut the night before, and that one of his men was missing. The very di
rection in which the black boy was tracing them, was in a straight line to Mr. Cottrell's hut, when night and heavy rain prevented him tracing them farther. Mr. Batman, Mr. Crawley, and Mr. Cottrell, were out the whole of Saturday, making three parties, and going in different directions, but did not find any traces of them whatever, They think when the boy joined them that they would make to the sea coast. Mr Bateman states that the soldiers and field police constables acted extremely well on this occasion,
Ibid,- If something is not done speedily I think we shall not be able to keep either shepherds or stock-keepers. The men here will not go a mile from the house unless, two or three together, and some of the shepherds refuse to look after their flocks on ac- count of the blacks. The black boy above alluded to could trace the blacks through the bush, equal to the blacks of New South Wales. I think that by getting one of them and threatening him, he would,trace them through the island, and would be a sure means of taking or driving them back.
Jericho.--You have been furnished from other quarters with accounts of the natives. I think the notions you have lately expressed on that subject are quite correct.
CAMPBELL TOWN.-Your plan of tracing the black natives by means of Sydney blacks, is, in the opinion of the most intelligent here, the only effectual method yet suggested of getting at the black murder- ers, compared to whom bushrangers were innocent
beings. They have acquired such a fondness for our blankets, dampers, flour, sugar, knives etc. that for the sake of them they will continue to rob and murder, until we exterminate them or they us, unless for the sake of humanity they are sent off the island.
RICHMOND. April, 7, 1828. Last Saturday pur- suant to an advertisement in the Courier of the former week, I attended a meeting ol the Richmond Mar- ket Association. About eleven o'clock I found the secretary and some half dozen gentlemen assembled. At twelve the secretary was about to proceed to bu siness, when he discovered he could not muster a quorum of the Committee of management. After waiting for two or three hours, the greater part of .the assembly began to disperse, but others continued
to arrive until four o'clock, when the Secretary hav- ing caught a quorum of the committee formed a meet- ing. As I do not think there was any order made lo publish an official account of the proceedings, I will as far as my recollection serves me furnish you with
About four o'clock, the meeting being formed, and nitmeiotis apologies sent for the absence o( members and proxies for others being duly received and ad<t «'milted, John Hunt Bulcbei, llsq was called i«i Hie
chair, mid the 1 «solutions ol' the Immer general and committee meetings being lead mid continued, the ineeliug in pursuance of the recommendation of the commutée proceeded lo the election of a President, whe" .laities Gordon, Esq. of Foi cell, was unanimous- ly chosen to 1.11 that otlice. ' The meeting then re- sulted to adjourn for the piesenl (on account of the .illili attendance of meinbeis) the discussion ol' various
important Matters for the consideintion of, which thK meeting had been convened. After a good deal of discussion on the conduct of those ireinbe'is who failed lo attend, the seci eiaty « as directed to call a meeting ol' the committees of the Association on Mon- day the ül<l instant, hv circuais iiddiessed to each meiiibe-, audio »t.ike off the lists of bo: li committees any member who Iniled in attending that meeting, and did not send sullicient written excuse for his absence; he was ulso directed to futni->li the treasurer willi a list of the memheis, that he might collect the amount of I heir subscription« bclbic the ne vt meeting ot the eonimiltee, and lo info m Mr Guidon of his -being
elected lo the ollice of President,
At this peii<)d Messrs.Conlon and 'I'ade, who had been detained all day at the Ielry, arrived from Ho- bart town, und accotintrd tor, the absence of many iiieiiihuis who bud been in the sime predicament uutd ibey thought it tv«.s too late fur' the meeting. The report ol those gentlemen who had so recently receit ed a practical ¡.lustration ol thediiiigeis and delays of the terry at K ingitruo point, pre,i.ued fie meinbeis pre- sent fortbl'-favourable recepli <n of a proposal dor erecting a Joint S.oçk Company to , ply a Steam Boat and Punt at the Feiry. Ninety shares out of two bundled were instantly taken, copies ni* th» pre- liminary conditions were oulered lo remain with the Piesident, Tiensurer, Secretary and Clerk of the As- sociation, mid with Allred Stephen, Esq. who was nominated Solicitor to the pioposed company. Such is ihe demand fur shines that h.id not a few been
resorted lor (he Ilubirt-town people, I believe the list would luve been hied up this morning. Indeed the secretary has just informed me that, he has re- fused A hiibspriber and the deposit on twelve- .shares. -You will probably favour us willi your opinion about the steam boat concern, for it would he well that the subject should undergo some public discussion before the money is «eut oil' lor Ihe purchase of die boat,' Sec. I understand the punt is to he built immediately, as are the necessary jetties as soon as the requisite ar- rangement* cm he completed with the Government, to secure the interests of the company fora ceilain period. ; v *" - "
OATLANDS -It is with real concern I inform you of a very distressing accident which has happened to Mr. Ansley' two sons, George and Arthur, (14 and 8 years of age.) The were both in the fields shooting and by accident some gunpowder falling on a piece of rag that happened to be ignited, communi cated itself lo the flask, which instantly exploded The right hand of the elder young gentleman was so much injured the it was feared tbat the wholewould require lo be amputated, but it is now hoped that he will retain the use of it, with the lost of the thumb and forefinger. The case of the younger was still more perilous. The struck him, as we learn, on the forehead, and splintered the skull. We may con- ceive the distress of the parents on this anxious occa- sion, but we rejoice to learn that by incessant atten- tion and the fortunate presence of Drs. Desailly and
tiii'lspeth, they nre both likely to recover, and the «¡gilt of both is providentially uninjured.