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XM259_ICDMS_lowres A. Meston to Howitt 23 April 1893
up to leaving Melbourne, a total of £1230 + paidPurcells board + expenses for 13 months besides.In his schedule he put me as a creditor for £167 whereashe owed me about £200. From the start, after signing the deed of partnership he proceeded systematically to disgust mewith the whole business to induce me to sell out or go outHe succeeded. But pardone me this little set off to the lies he must have told in Melbourne about me.
Minga Murdu? I have read your paper on the CentralAustralian tribes, an interesting + valuable contribution to the literature of the fascinating subject. By the way the book you kindly gave me was stolen from the hotel or from the railway carriage. I wrote to the hotel + the railwayauthorities with no result. It was a severedisappointment.
In the Gooneeburra ("fire blacks") tribe Darling Downs -negative "Wacca" -I was "Mooroon " (the emu) married to a "Terroine" (the kangaroo) who became "Terroinggan" - Our children are"Bemtahran". A "Terroine" married a "Mooroon" wife, whobecomes "Mooroonggan". Their children are "Pandoors" (theopossum) Pandoors marry Pandoors + their children are"Pandoorean".
In "Nhulla" I was of the class"Dingal" the fisheagle - in "Coobenpil", "Murree" the kangaroo. In Wacca"Mooroon" the emu. At the time of my first interview withthe "Goondobarries", in 1868 there were only about 60 left. Theywere a wild fierce fighting tribe addicted to cannibalism.
There is now but one man + one woman left. Lic transitThey spoke a dialect called "Nhulla", differing from all neighbouringdialects. The negative was "goom, the yes - "yow". It containedsome words of "Cabbee" (Kabi) + some of "Coobenpil" & "Churrabool"
I give you one or two specimens over