(The annexed letter was, we believe, written in one of the huts at Bonara, and sent to us, by the Wild Scotchman. We insert it, as much because of the novelty, as an account of the opposite view of the conduct of the police it gives, --- Truly, there are “two sides to every question.”Ed. B.A.)
Thomas, --- The spirit did me move on last Saturday to take up into my hands and
to peruse the periodical called and known in these parts as the Burnett Argus,
and then and there I was informed of my own achievements in the Claude Duval
line, putting the heroic defenders of Gayndah in general and the Wide Bay and
Burnett in particular, into a state of the greatest possible excitement.
Friend Thomas, although I am a bushranger, I expect to be treated as a
gentleman, and therefore the little bit of blarney you had in the Argus anent
the bravery of Messrs. Bligh and Clohesy, will, I hope, be taken at its true
value. The real fact of the matter
is, that when Mr. Bligh overtook me, the chance which he had of my capture arose
from a sudden fit of generosity on my part, as from the shaking, oscillating
tendency of his knees and the pallor of his countenance, I thought he had been
suddenly attacked with the fever and ague.
of Ideraway, was however, the best lark of the lot. It was funny to see that fine gent. How civil he was, his eye every now and then reverting to my
revolver, calculating most probably in his own mind, a possible contingency of
becoming acquainted with its contents. Mr.
Crawford and the important band of heroes, which he improvised on his return in
safety to Gayndah will, I have no doubt, earn a reputation only second to “Nap
the First”. However, when they
catch me, please let me know.
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