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HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN BUSHRANGING. By CHARLES WIIITE. CHAPTER II. TASMANIAN GANGS : HOWES-BRADY'S BIRITTON'S. 5XICIIAEIL HOWE AND HIS GANG. (Continu:d.) In October. 1818, a former accom plice in the pay of a man named Worrall, who had determined to capture Howe, lured him to his fate by promiuses of food. The story of his capturre is given in the captor's own words in the Military Sketch Book, and I cannot do better than repeat it here : 'I was now,' says Worrell, 'deter mined to make a push for the capture of this villnin, Mick flown, for which I was promised a passage to England in the next ship that sailed, and the amount of reward laid upon his head. I found out a man by the name of Warburton, who was in the habit of hunting kangaroos for their skins, and who had frequently met Howe during his excursions, and sometimes furnished him with ammunition. He gave me such an account of Howe's habits that I felt convinced we could take him with a little assistance. I therefore spoke to a man named Pugh, belonging to the 48th Regiment, one who I knew was a mnst cool and resolrte fellow. He im 'iecdiat.ly entered into my views, and having applied to Major Bell, his com manding officer, he was recommended by him to the Governor, by whom he was permitted to noat, and allowed to join us; so he and I went directly to Warburton, who heartily entered into tihe scheme, and all things. were arranged for putting it into execution. The plan was this : Pugh and I were to remain in Warburton's hut, while Warburton himself was to fall into Howe's way. The hut was on the River Shannon, standing so completely by itself and so onut of the tract of anybody who might be feared by Howe, that there was every probability of accomplishing our wishes, and 'scotch the snake,' as they say, if not kill it. Pugh and I accordingly prneceded to the appointed hit. We arrived there before daybreak, and having made a hearty breakfast, Warburton set out to seek Howe. He took no arms with lurm, in order to still more effee tually carry his point, but Pugh and I were provided with muskets and pistols. The sun had just been an hour up when we saw Warburton and Howe upon the top of the hill comning towards the hut. We expected they would be with us in a quarter of an hour, and so we sat down upon a trunk of a tree inside the hut calmly waiting their arrival. An hour passed but they did not come, and I crept to the door cautiously and peeped out. There Isaw thenm standing within a hundred yards of us in earnest conversation; as I learned afterwards the delay arose from Howe suspecting that all was not sight ; I drew back from the door to my station, and about ten minutes after this we plainly heard footsteps. and the voice of Warburton. A ppab.,, moment. ,a,,aLowrne1owy.t entered the hut-his gnn presented and cocked. Tre instant he espied us he cried out 'Is that your game?' and immediately fired, but Pugh's 'eativity prevented the shot from taking effect, for lie knocked the gun aside. Howe ran off like a wolf. I fired but missed. Pugh then halted and took aim at him, but also missed. I immediately flung away the gun and ran after Howe; Pugh also pursued; Warburton was a considerable distance away. I ran very fast, so did Howe, and if he had not fallen down an unexpected bank I should not have been fleet enough for him. This fall, however, brought me up with him; he was on his legs and preparing to climb a broken bank, which would have given him a free run into the wood, when I presented my pistol at him and desired him to stand; he drew forth another, but did not level it at me. We were then about fifteen yards from each other, the bank he fell from being between us. He stared at me with astonishment, and, to tell you the truth, I was a little astonished at him, for he was covered with patches of kangaroo skins, and wore a black beard-a haver. sack and powder horn slung across his shoulders, I wore my bheard also as I do now, and a curious pair we looked. After a moment's pause he cried out, ' Black beard against white beard for a million 1' and fired; I slapped at him, and I believe hit him,. for he staggered, but rallied again, and was clearing the bank between me and him when Pugh ran up, and with the butt end of his firelock knocked him down, jumped after thim, and battered his brains out, just as he wastopening a clasp-knife to de aend himself.' companlowe, who had comminted somi tri'Sing edoence, and concerning one of these it was slid that Howe tied his hands and feet-?efiore shoeting him.ii The remaininrg members of thle original gang.all.met a deservedly ignominiouse :fate, most of them before Howe's death. . ".. .... .. .. . . .

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