Australian Stories Retold, and Sketches of Country Life

Australian Stories Retold, and Sketches of Country Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...white objects. These are some of the cattle we want. The view of the ocean from the South Head at Sydney always reminds me of that sight from the head of that old pine. Suppose all the surface of water seen from those cliffs to be thinly grassed land, then one can form some idea of the appearance of the great Lachlan Plains. The crests of the waves, as here and there they lazily break in foam, will re resent the White Cattle scattered over the waste. As t e day is too far gone to muster, we break up the party and camp in different places that night, so as to secure good positions for the morning's attack. We agree to meet at a certain place with all the cattle we find. That night we watch our horses. We are mounted and start off before sunrise. The party I am with soon come in sight of cattle, and we see drove after drove scattered over the plain between us and the level horizon. We canter along for miles, starting each drove as we pass to run in the direction of the rendezvous. As on all sides we see clouds of dust rise both above and below the horizon, we know that our mates are as busy as ourselves. In the cool brisk morning air it is a spirit-stirring scene. The great fat bullocks, with their heads and horns upraised, race off at our approach, their clattering hoofs sending up clouds of dust. As the numbers we have started gather nearer together, we close upon them and direct them in a long straggling column to the meeting place. The old bullocks take the lead in ponderous and ungainly gallop and heavy, swinging trot, their tongues lolling out, from which the saliva pours in glistening strings, covering their necks, briskets, and sides with flakes of foam. The rear of the drove is made up of cows and calves, bellowing and...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236812956
  • 9781236812957
  • 1,832,567