Journal Of An Overland Expedition In Australia, By Ludwig Leichhardt




















































































































 -  This was not covered
with the stiff grass, nor the dry wind-grass of the plains north of the
Staaten - Page 330
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This Was Not Covered With The Stiff Grass, Nor The Dry Wind-Grass Of The Plains North Of The Staaten; But It Bore A Fine Crop Of Tender Grasses, Which Rendered Them Infinitely More Valuable For The Pasture Of Horses And Cattle.

At the west side of the plain, we found a chain of fine long lagoons, surrounded by Polygonum, and apparently well stocked with fish.

Charley and Brown caught an emu, with the assistance of the dog, which became every day more valuable to us.

Since Mr. Gilbert's death, the arrangements of our camp have been changed. I now select an entirely open space, sufficiently distant from any scrub or thicket, even if we have to go a considerable distance for water. Our pack-saddles are piled in two parallel lines close together, facing that side from which a covered attack of the natives might be expected. We sleep behind this kind of bulwark, which of itself would have been a sufficient barrier against the spears of the natives. Tired as we generally are, we retire early to our couch; Charley usually takes the first watch, from half-past six to nine o'clock; Brown, Calvert, and Phillips follow in rotation; whilst I take that portion of the night most favourable for taking the altitude. John Murphy has his watch from five to six. We generally tethered three horses, and kept one bridled; and, with these arrangements, we slept as securely and soundly as ever; for I felt sure that we had nothing to fear, as long as our tinkling bell-horse, and perhaps a second horse, was moving near us.

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