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Great one" who could not come to see me. I went,
and found sitting in [a hut - crossed out] one of the huts, [about - crossed out]
the oldest blackfellow I ever saw. The other Pirarus
were mostly grey haired and bald but he was so old as
to be almost childish and was covered with a grizzly fell of
hair from head to foot. The respect with which he was treated
by the other old men was as marked in them as was
the respect with which they were treated by the younger men.

They told me that he was unable to walk about and
that when they travelled he was carried by some of the
younger men.

Such Headmen as those of the Dieri were certainly [were- crossed out] to be found in all the
tribes of the Lake Eyre Basin, the Barcoo, and extending
down the Flinders Ranges to Spencer Gulf and Port Lincoln

[These were also in the two class tribes of the Darling - crossed out]
[River and the Lower Murray- crossed out]

According to to the account given to me by the Rev. Geo. Taplin
and subsequently confirmed and extended by his son the
late Mr Taplin, the Head men of the
Narrinyeri coast tribe were analagous in
characteristics [and in powers - crossed out] to those of the inland
tribes such as the Dieri, but in this respect their power
was perhaps more marked and their office distinctly hereditary.

Each totem class (1) that is each localised totem and its headman
called Rupulli. The office was not hereditary but the Rupulli was
[electe- crossed out] chosen by the old men, [but -crossed out] yet here as in other such tribes there seems
to have been a tendency to choose the brother or the son of the dead headman
as his successor.

[written in left hand margin]


(1) I use the term
totem class advisedly
in this case because
with the naming in
the totems have become
as was the case with
many of the coast tribes.
(see p. )

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