Journal Of An Overland Expedition In Australia, By Ludwig Leichhardt

 -  Here also, in an old camp of the natives, we found a heap of
muscle-shells, which were probably taken - Page 130
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Here Also, In An Old Camp Of The Natives, We Found A Heap Of Muscle-Shells, Which Were Probably Taken From Some Very Deep And Shady Holes In The Creek, But Which Were Now Without The Slightest Indication Of Moisture.

Water failing us on the western slopes, I crossed to the east side, under the idea and hope that

The north and north-east sides of the range, from being more exposed to the sea winds, would be better provided with water; and, passing to the left of Calvert's Peak, over low basaltic ridges, I came to a creek with a shallow bed, winding between basaltic ridges to the north-east. These ridges were lightly timbered, and covered with an abundance of dry grass: dark-green patches of scrub raised our hopes from time to time, and quickened our pace; but in vain, for no water was to be found. Fatigued and exhausted by thirst, both rider and horse wished for an early halt. We stopped, therefore, and hobbled our horses; and, when I had spread my saddle, my head sank between its flaps, and I slept soundly until the cool night-air, and the brilliant moonlight, awoke me. I found my poor companion, Mr. Calvert, suffering severely from thirst, more so indeed than I did; but I was unfortunately labouring under a most painful diarrhoea, which of itself exhausted my strength. In the morning, to add to our distress, our horses were not to be found, and Mr. Calvert had a walk of four hours to get them:

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