He told me that it [that it - crossed out] was used by the Blacks but
must not under any circumstances be shown
to women or children. He then put it back
into his bag and went to the fire. I then took it
out and began to swing it about. I [sic] instantly
snatched it from me and put it back. He
seemed angry and said that if women or children
saw it something dreadful would happen.
I remember hearing of a great fight which occurred
near Nimlamungie. It was a little higher up the river
than the crossing above the old station. The
Omeo men sneaked the Bruthen blacks who
were camped there. This was at break of day and
I think but am not sure that “Cobbon Johnny”
led them. The Omeo men were victorious.
Theddora Johnny who was present told me that
the Omeo men having killed several young
men of the enemy cut them in two at the waist
and hung up the lower half in their camp for
food. He also added that blackfellow was better
food than whitefellow as the latter was salty.
The attack was made in retaliation for a surprise
some time before by the Bruthen blacks upon the
Omeo men. The Omeo men believed that the
Bruthen men had had the advantage before
because their Wizards could turn themselves
into crows and thus fly about and watch
the motions of the Omeo people.
This was how the Omeo people accounted for the
Gippsland blacks coming upon them unawares.
The Omeo men used when making their
waddies to grease them and put them out in
the sun. I remember that once [whe - crossed out] I was going
to take hold of a waddy being thus treated when
the owner (Ingebaira) ran to me and said that if
I touched it I should get a very bad hand.
He was quite angry with me.
The Omeo men used to take out the kidney
fat of slain enemies and rub themselves
with it when they went out to fight.
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