Mr. FRANCIS GALTON asked Colonel Warburton if the natives had been troublesome on many occasions? Colonel EGERTON WARBURTON.-Only on one occasion : I was on foot, and got out of the track. The camels were coming behind me, and hearing a little noise I looked round, and found nine natives with spears close to me. Two of them, young men, in order to show their zeal for the work, had their spears poised to throw at me; but, as reports travel great distances out there, I suppose they had heard of the wonderful effects of firearms, and when I advanced on them with my pistol they lowered their spears. There were a few old men amongst them, and by dint of passing our hands over each other's grey beards, to see that they were not tied on, we got on amicably. That was the only time I met them. They were afraid of us, and ran away from us. We caught an urchin once ; but it was by chasing a mother, who had this child and an infant on her back. The camel, not liking to be separated from its fellows, bellowed frightfully, and this alarmed her so that she dropped the big child and ran off with the little one.
Discussion on Colonel Warburton's Explorations (in the Western interior of Australia)
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