A UNIQUE TRIP,
GOING ASHORE AT VLAMING
OVER TEN INCHES OF RAIN.
Mr. A. O. Holst, one of the partners in Yardie Creek station Vlamang Head, went north in the Paroo a month ago., taking with him a cutter, which, he had arranged, with the captain, was to be lowered over the side nine miles south of Vlaming Head. He had with him a windmill man, and they were
Lowered into the Ocean
on coming "opposite the landing. New chums looking over the side were horror-stricken at the men's foolhardi- ness in launching out on the open sea -and that not too smooth-in a mere cockle-shell, and they did uot refrain from voicing their opinions, almost scaring the windmill man, who was new to cutter work, out of the at tempt. There were only four or five miles to sail in, though, and no diffi culty was found in making the land ing. Mr. Holst found the country look ing Al, 10½ inches of rain having fall en to date, 6 inches in one fall early in June, and 3 inches a few days pre viously. The country was very bog gy, but bright and green, and quite transformed after only getting half-an inch in two years. The fall, he con siders,, was only a .drought rain, inas much as it was quickly over .and -ass local. At Point Cloates there have been less thai! six inches this year, and still less at Maud. Landing. Last year, the station was overrun with kangaroos, which had come in from the hill-country in search of water, but now scarcely one is to be seen. Mr. Hoist has much confidence in the
Predictions of - Mr. Wragge,
and says that when die noted meteor ologist was in Geraldto& some years ago they had a conversation, from which the following theory was glean ed. The behavior of the weather at the equinoxes, March 20 and Septem ber 20, is always an indication ' of what the ensuing season is going to be. Approaching March 20, the wea ther is usually easterly in the morn ing, followed by a southerly (known iii Perth as the "Fremantle doctor") in the afternoon, Ae* it comes to ibe equinoctial time, the easterly eradua.1 Iy works round to the north, and the southerly gets lighter in< intensity and dies away as the morning prweze reaches t direct north. Than, ?t there is going to be a bad. season, *,s in last year* the wind suddenly veers right round to the south, and for three weeks there are nothing 1'ut heavy southerly gales without any rain. If, on the*~other hand, as happened in March of this year, the wind nrorks gradually right round the compass, a normal season is assured, and Mia man on the land can -absol-it/sly rely on. it. A howling
upset Mr. Hoist's arrangements, for it carried the schooner Bescue, in vhich he had arranged to travel to Onslow, past the landing. The same gale paid his landing a visit,'broke rough ly along the bay where jhis cutter was anchored at ebb tide, and completely wrecked the craft. He had no re course, therefore, but to sail down the coast to Point Cloates, ]
70 Miles, in a Dingy,
accompanied only by a blackfellow. At Point Cloates, he gladly availed himself of an opportunity to. travel to Carnarvon in the whaler Hawk, ajwon1 derful little steamer driven with tor pedo-boat speed, and making the in experienced as internally uncomfortably as possible when racing, into the teeth
of a stiff blow.