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She would defend herself as
well as she could with her yamstick
till knocked down. But she would not
be speared.

If after elopement a girl had a child both
might be given to the man she had eloped with.
If however they were able to escape and
keep away till she had a child and
then returned to her part of the country
nothing probably would be said or done for
the sake of the child. This would be
particularly the case if he had a sister
to exchange.

Wives were also obtained by capturing
them from other tribes. For instance
when the Father of Ienbin was a young
man (the latter being near 25 years of age)
a number of blacks came over from
the Melbourne side and killed
a whole camp of Yūin at Broulee.
Ienbin says: "They took a great number of women back
with them. The Yūin, Kŭrial and
Gūyangal mustered together in Maneroo
from whence also some men went with
them. Mundy's father was among them.
A Gommera called Narrang (little)
Charley
was their leader, for a leader
must be a Gommera. I am told that
they [went- crossed out] followed the Melbourne
blacks round by way of Wangaratta
and Mansfield. They followed them
down to the sea coast. My father has
told me that when he went down

[in left side margin next to paragraph about children as a result of elopement]
1884
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