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An Explorer . Attacked. .
Mit. HANN S STORY.
Keccnt telegrams have aroused some in- terest in the* doings of Slr. Frank tiona, ino well-known explorer. tlc had savoral cucoi.nl era with ' thu"Muck's during his last journey in the Mulga. . Ho thus describes n;s <«|.oreinces, wneu about -¿olí miles, from l-Uviir^oii. noticing hatnu fires, lcd rum to. Ufo : conclusion that blacks.were following his porty. "Juit before .tlaylight,',';. said 'ho, V* noticed tnoir llro^ga.n bl-ring. up,, und then walked'. towaAHInuthom,. without urearnis. ".Cn seeing nus they luovcil away, eáthicurryirig. aJiüffitick;-,' ;1 jusde-^jgns lo .'thom to come>| to mo, which they uid.. ''.Ii told- tuem-four in hurobcr.-.uU-naiwd-T-by ^.irjbcHis. ot signs' to »it !<lp\vn, and "askod.tho
smartest', ona to show nie their vamp, ut winch I discovered no .w.capons of any sort.
To-clnc; them to my; camp, I fixed up a big. i -bitty of - boiled ; rico and raisins, andthen ' told VMuniertdgo, who accompanied mo, not .'tu lot the . blacks louvo.'the camp, us I . ltoow from .previous. experience that they
.would steal anything. . Taklng^tho same . smart ono with mo, I .went-uown to 'tho
gorge to-got wntcr, and made him haul a -BUthclcnt : supply fur tho camels- and horses; u Ile-wanted.ito got away, but under my inr ' strmtiuns my black boy would not'jet him
Ko. - On tho rotum to. camp tho .four of them Qnishud tho. rico-and drank tho tea us. we wanted to pack tho bllllos, ;I. tied a'' largo piece :" of Turkey' red.'round " the '-'smart- fellow's b.udy : and a- white hahdkor
cluof round his neck.' I,sturted. Talbot back on my tracks, which were indistinct, ' and t then went., on to a point to take - sonic j sight's. Thu point ls about a ([Harter ol n 'I milo from tho camp. 1 paned from-- mj
|:föur dark friends on thc boat of terms, un,i '"thóníwaîit ort to overtake.Talbot.. X had ? to ; travel slowly over tho stony ground,
lind .then- proceeded' ut six mile» an ¡hour Ilut-whon two miles from tho camp I hap . pened to'glance behind mc Just boron, era
urging from : a clump of mulga. I saw-.t nlDiror with a red hand in tho act-of throw
lng. l.immediutuly'bont low, and 'nt tho samo timo my maro throw up her- head« and nearly stove-my fuco in. A spear Just ¡grazed my back. Tho black mada a bolt [ for tho clllï. 1- turned my mare, had. a
Shot,1 and heard u yell. 1 was successful tn cutting him oil .from the clilï, tand though .1 was suffering- severely from.. tho pain in my' taco. Tho oilier three had faced me With thoir ,spears. Tho loading one missed mo"wlth a.' wombnrru. J again oscuped,. !ttnd taking ' tho opportunity I made . '.otp. Talbot, on hearing, my shot, cunio .galloping. up.' but ns .thc. flacks hud. reached thd clÍIT. .tliero. was nb hopo of getting thom. Tho idea must have boon to, kill ino, and then they would' havo;. killed' I'lamoridgo and Talbot,, who suspected no- thing, and iuko.possession pr thu outfit. Hud .1 shpt tho' black": With tho red1-.band-.1 would have,, tut, ult his : head-anti, .sent tho skull tp..''JlIr,).lr'doKmaii, of .Perth, wno askétï mo.tb sbnd .hlm.'pniijV as' a' friend "of;hls,-ln; L,bndon :'wan,t'o|l' onc'-i: 1 was very sorry that .I could hot Rend lilm; four, but later .on I got him a splendid one. WO'' stíemod to ' havo struck a bad lot: of blacks on tho :-Journey, ones I havo not soon before. Tho Ainslie (Iorgo, which, cuts ., .thrddg^ v.Tym. Drown,Hange, ls nearly a" mile In length.;. .Going through wo camo'to a soàk I dis- covered (ive years ago.. While cleaning this out wo again'saw blacks, but oh seoing us they cleared. When engaged in clearing 1 had unother providential escape, as\I turn- ing round I saw another black with a : spear aimed, at mo. Sly rifle was 20 feet away, but. happily no harm was done. . Theso experiences havo oponed my eyes
?with regard td tho blacks, aid I must say : that' lt' is absolutely unsafe tor any party to venturo' out without. being .-thoroughly prepared, ¡íund soroeona . must, stop in ahargo. ' -of their camp,, otherwise theso blacks would stoat anything and placo the party in a hopeless and perilous posi- tion.*' :i, ',,:.-;! . ; ,