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Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas

A Despatch Ride

Perhaps the most striking party among them was a troop of nearly one hundred mounted Scouts from Cootamundra. They were a fine tough-looking lot, mounted on their own ponies; and they had ridden in 250 miles to see me.

Some of them rode ahead of the rest at fast pace, bringing me a letter of welcome, and they covered the 250 miles in 24 hours 19 minutes, riding by night as well as by day. A fine performance even if done by good cavalry.

I have never seen better fellows for making cavalry soldiers than the Cootamundra Troop, unless it was the troop of mounted Boy Scouts attached to Strathcona’s Horse at Winnipeg.

Mounted Scouts from Cootamundra (New South Wales)

A Shark Tragedy

In Sydney Harbour, one of the many little islands is called Shark Island. It is here that the first convict settlement was made, because it did not need very much watching by guards, since it was already guarded by sharks.

If a man were to attempt to swim to the mainland the chances of his getting there were very small, for although the distance was only a short one, the sharks were always ready on the look- out.

A short time ago some men were bathing in a creek far away up at the end of the harbour, when suddenly one of them screamed out:

“Look out, a shark has got me.”

The other man who was in the water saw the tail of the fish moving through the water and he swam as hard as he could to the shore.

A third man who was on shore at the time, seeing the danger of his friend, at once plunged in bravely to his rescue, although not a very good swimmer himself. He succeeded in getting hold of the man, who was then sinking. The second man, who had reached the shore, seeing his difficulty, also went in again at once to his assistance, and between them they frightened the shark away and brought their companion ashore. But he died almost immediately. He had been ripped open by the monster.

Although there are many sharks in the deeper parts of the harbour, they very seldom come into the shallower creeks; and also, although there are plenty of them along the coast of Australia,

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