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THE TOURISTS RETURNED., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889
THE TOURISTS RETURNED.
We refer to Captain Malcolm and Mr James Young, tailor, of Princes street. They came back in the Ohau, which arrived this morning. Mr Young says that the trip to Milford, though not devoid of adventure, was by no means remarkable, that he and his mate were not in any imminent jeopardy, and that there was no occasion for the least alarm as to their safety. They went away from the Bluff in the Stella, which conveyed the Minister [for Mines to Port Pegasus and subsequently to Milford Sound. At the Sound Mr Young and Captain Malcolm joined Sutherland, their primary object being to visit the spot where Sutherland was said to have found asbestos, Mr Young being interested in that alleged discovery. They met Sutherland, and then decided to make an expedition in the direction of Tc Auau, arranging to meet Sutherland at the head of Lake Adajjon the Ist June. Sutherland had a job on hand in'that neighborhood, having"undertaken to cut a new channel through the snags and submerged bush in that lake. Thepirty separated accordingly, and on the 22nd May Mr Young and Captain Malcolm reached the hut beech without any special difficulty. Rain kept them imprisoned there for three days, and on the 26th they made a start with the object of crossing the saddle and descending on Te Anan. Then their troubles began. At a point about a mile beyond the beech hut they got bewildered as to which of two tracks should be taken —the old one to the left, or a new one that M’Kinnou is making to avoid Roaring Meg Creek and make a straighter path to the uplands. As bad luck would have it, they selected the new track, and after following it for a while the “blazes” ran out, and the travellers found themselves in a predicament. While essaying to gain an observation, and thus ascertain their course, a fog came on, and there was nothing for it but to return to the hut. The 27th was a wet day; but on the 28th they made another start, intending to proceed by the old track. Progress by this route was slow, and on arriving at Roaring Meg Creek the same difficulty that had stopped them on the new track was encountered, the party being unable to discern the markings on the trees. The remainder of the day was spent in an attempt to strike the track across the saddle, this endeavor necessitating excursions into the bush at various points; and it was only after much wearisome work that they gained the steep ground and observed the lay of the country which they knew the track must follow. Night came on without any further progress being possible ; and on the morning of the 29th, there being but three days’ tucker left, the travellers determined to give up the idea of crossing to Te Anau, and to return to keep their appointment with Sutherland. It would have been a risk to have gone on, for even if all had gone well the three days’ supplies would have only carried them to Te Anau, and if tluy had failed to meet with M'Kinnon they would have had to trudge back hungry.On the 29th, then, Captain Malcolm and his mate set their faces Milfordwards. They met Sutherland ; remained with him until the 3rd Jane, on which day they got to the Sound; put in the time as best they could until the 9th, when the Ohau picked them up ; and home was reached this morning. The Ohau also brought back Messrs Coutts and Davis, who have just completed a new track from the Arthur River to the Palls—a track that keeps to the right of the river, and falls in with Sutherland’s track part of the way. Mr Young says that the Government circular regarding the state of the track to the Falls is unreliable and apt to lead inexperienced tourists into trouble. It is all plain sailing up to the beech hut, but from about a mile beyond the hut the track is not properly blazed. The short cut spoken of above appears to end nowhere, landing the traveller in a creek that runs into Roaring Meg; while the old track is no better, neither be nor Captain Malcolm being able to continue farther than an old stump which directs travellers to cross the creek.
Mr young is inclined to think favorably of the tin prospects he saw at Stewart Island, but he has no faith in the so-called asbestos discovery. He says that he could not find any asbestos, and that what Sutherland struck is nothing but hornblende.
THE TOURISTS RETURNED., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889
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