Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
Edward Eyre and the one native who survived. Then two of the natives mutinied and murdered Eyre’s white companion and then deserted him.
So Eyre pressed on with his one native to help him. He kept along the coast, pushing on under the greatest privations of heat and cold, thirst and hunger.
At length, when he was almost done, a whaling ship was sighted at sea. Eyre made signals to her and was fortunate enough to catch her attention, and to get some food from her.
Thus helped, he continued his journey, and at length, after four and a half months of continued hardship and tramping, he reached Albany, in the south-west corner of Australia, more dead than alive.
By his journey he had proved that there is not a single river running into the sea for the whole of that distance, and that the country was not possible for travellers. And that is why Western Australia is still cut off from the Eastern States so far as land-travelling goes.
Another more modern Australian explorer is Sir John Forrest, of Western Australia. He has undergone hardship and adventure in crossing from west to east. He is fortunately alive and well to tell the tale, and is now on the Council of the Boy Scouts in Perth, taking an active interest in them.
But the work of these explorers shows the same Scout point in every case, and that is that they would never give in under a difficulty; they faced it and pushed on, and even when things looked hopeless, and man after man went down, when starvation and death stared them in the face, they still “stuck to it,” and “would not say die till dead”; and consequently there was generally one of them who managed to pull through and to give the results of their self-sacrifice to the world for the guidance of others.
The Australian Blacks
Before the British came to Australia, over a hundred years ago, the country was inhabited by black natives, but as these were a cowardly, murderous lot, and very idle even when they were friendly, they gradually fell back before the whites. And now they are to be found chiefly in the Northern Territory, and in the north part of Western Australia, very few being left in the more inhabited States. There are some 50,000 of them altogether.
They are not quite like any other negroes, as they have a great deal of hair, and their foreheads are low and come very forward over the eyes, so that they are even plainer than the African native, and he is no beauty.