Journal Of An Overland Expedition In Australia, By Ludwig Leichhardt




















































































































 -  As we had no fat, we
frequently steamed it with water, but this rendered it tough, without
facilitating in the - Page 270
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As We Had No Fat, We Frequently Steamed It With Water, But This Rendered It Tough, Without Facilitating In The Least The Mastication; And Its Fibres, Entering Between Our Teeth, Rendered Them Exceedingly Tender, And Caused Us Much Pain.

After a week's trial, and several experiments, we returned to our former practice of stewing it, and in a very short time relished it as much without salt, as we had formerly done with it.

CHAPTER IX

THE STARRY HEAVENS - SUBSTITUTE FOR COFFEE - SAWFISH - TWO-STORIED GUNYAS OF THE NATIVES - THE MITCHELL - MURPHY'S PONY POISONED - GREEN TREE-ANT - NEW BEVERAGE - CROCODILE - AUDACITY OF KITES - NATIVES NOT FRIENDLY - THE CAMP ATTACKED AT NIGHT BY THEM - MESSRS. ROPER AND CALVERT WOUNDED, AND MR. GILBERT KILLED.

June 1. - Mr. Gilbert and Charley made an excursion down the river last night, to look for water, but, as they did not return in the morning, and as water had been found, after they left, about four miles lower down, we started to meet them. Observing a swarm of white cranes circling in the air, and taking their flight down the river, I concluded that we should meet with a good supply of water lower down, and, therefore, passed the nearest water-hole; but, the country and the bed of the river being exceedingly rocky, our progress was very slow. After proceeding about eight miles, we came to the junction of a river from the south-west with the Lynd; and encamped at some small pools of water in latitude 17 degrees 45 minutes 40 seconds:

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