History of and legends relating to the Federal Capital Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia (Queanbeyan, 1927) - John Gale


Next comes the creature known as the Yahoo, or Hairy man of the mountainous regions, in the neighborhood of Brinabella.

The various and obscure reports of such an animal, and there are many, may well be dismissed as being not worthy of record. But who is to get away from this?

Than the messrs William and his deceased brother, Joseph Webb, late of Urayarra, there are no more reliable and truth telling men to be found.

This I had from their own lips. They were mustering cattle in the rugged country on the north side of Brindabella, and at the close of one days muster, sat in the twilight enjoying their evening meal. Presently their quietude was broken by the rush of a herd of cattle from some valleys below.

Following the stampeding beast was a man-like thing, whose coat was as hairy as that of a gorilla.

Though challenged by the suprised brothers, the thing neither spoke nor turned. Whereapon a shot was fired in the direction he had taken, and then there was silence and undisturbed repose for the rest of the night.

Next morning the coarse taken by the stampeding cattle and their hursute pursuer was followed by the brothers, who found distinct traces of blood, but no sign of anything living or dead.

This was the story of two men of well-balanced minds, the very antitheses of hysterically-disposed individuals.






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