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Origin of the Wild Horse of Australia.

It may be some twenty years, or so ago 1 that ci settler lost two valuable mares. The s,andflies were b,acl, and driv'eii. by- them, nq^ Av^lking anci riQTy trotting, these mares, one followed by a noble colt foal, never touched by man's hand, and with blood in him that could tell of Epsom and the Grand National, journeyed on towards the west. Fifty miles from their owner's home is reached. But the country is rugged and not to their taste, and on they go. "Another fifty miles, and a pleasant valley affords good water and plentiful grass. But a sudden panic —-caused," perhaps, by a party of blacks chasing native game—starts them afresh, and still westward they go till finally they rest in peacs fft,r from the dwellings of men —far from the sqund oj clanging hobble-chain or tinkling h^rse-bell. Month after month roils on. Each niare fo^ls again, and two strangers, straying from some oth^r p.art, join themselves to the little herd of five, and raise their number to seven. Then another summer begins, and four- additional little foals bring up the total to eleven, The Jigxt recruits arrive with hobbles on their legs, and, could they but speak, would tell the Qthers, a strange, sad tragedy. Not thirty miles fi'ou* here, while they, thus hobbled, 'fed quietly on the green guas§ within sight of their owner's camp, they had seen their master at sunrise .advancing slowly, bridle and halter ii^ hand, towards them. Then from the grouncj, as it were, a black stump suddenly grew into, ii black man; then another {appeared, and anqther, ■ then a short dialogue between the one i white man and the fifty' black devils, I followed by a death-cry and ;the yells of eqany ' demons. Kea* lent them wings, and, mahacigd as? jjj^y w.erej they flew many a weary mile, till now, with a joyous neigh and the sense of safety in numbers, they threw themselves into tii& HUilq group who stand shaded by the leafy cv rragong, trot round in some alarm, and snort at the jangling hobble-chain; but the older niai'csy we §.oqn reconciled, and the young stallion, , tlie sire oi countless future brumbies, adds these two last-comers to his increasing harem. Such, then, waa the origin of the brumbies. Daily they grew Avilder and more on the alert for danger; constant gallops from imaginary enemies strengthened ,their sinews'^nd improved their wind, Becruits Jbega'n " .to pour in as civilisation Jnvadod £hfj wild West, and when finally they were %st reftlly determinedly hunted by the white man, he succeeded in taking but a few of the .quieter ones, while those who escaped became sllS-rper than the sharpest, wilder than the wildest, and fleeter lhan"'\the fleetest roebuck.—; From Cassell'g Picturesque ; for February. ' '■' v ,';":' ••

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Origin of the Wild Horse of Australia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2400, 14 April 1890

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Origin of the Wild Horse of Australia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2400, 14 April 1890

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