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Wagulan the crow had observed the robbery of the
fire by Baukun and went in haste to tell the
brown hawk (…). He hastening after
Baukun found the fire thieves climbing up to the sky
by the cord which Buluntut had thrown up
and he hereupon swooped upon them and
striking Baukun violently with his wings caused
them to let fall the fire. This falling to the
ground was seen by Bembrin (the robin - Petroica multicolor)
who carefully blew it into a flame and
smearing it over his breast has remained
thus marked to this day. Thus it was that the
Kurnai regained their fire.
[crossed out - The Woiworing tribe of the Yarra River had
also a story about fire whihc is in [?focus?]

[written on the left margin:
Note for LF
or this one
Why not both?]

Long ago there was a great drought in Gippsland: all the
waters were drying up and the little that was left was drunk
up by Tidelik (the frog). The Muk-kurnai being reduced to
great straits [gh crossed out] assembled and endeavoured to persuade
Tidelik to give them their water back. And he refused.
Then they tried to make him laugh so that the water
would run out of his mouth. Some tickled his sides
while the eaglehawk, the crow and all the other
animals danced before him. It was of no avail
until at length Noyang (the conger eel) came up
with lake weed hanging around him and danced on his
tail – the sight was to ludicrous. Tidelik laughed
in spite of himself; the water all ran out of his
mouth, the lakes and rivers became filled
again and the Muk-Kurnai were saved from
perishing of drought (1).

(1) The bullfrogs when [crossed out - sing] croaking in full chorus
all said to be rain makers (Bungil wilŭng) singing
for rain to come.

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Stephen Morey

Singing the rain is also referred to in hw0404.pdf p 66