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HOSPITALITY. 119

the strangers from one unpleasant position, the old man offered his services to relieve them from another not less unpleasant, by conducting them to a cave, in which he gave them to understand they would all find shelter from a drenching rain which was falling at the time. Being unwilling, however, to encounter the obscure and unexplored depths of this primitive asylum, they declined to enter, whereupon their benefactor proceeded to collect a quantity of brambles, reeds, and grass, and made arrangements for the party spending the night on shore as comfortably as possible. Having rested till morning in the shelter of the gunyas hastily put together under the direction and with the assistance of the aboriginal, the party proceeded at daylight to examine the cave indicated to them on the previous evening, and which they found, as described, capable of giving shelter to a number of men, forming a roomy and comfortable chamber in the solid rock. The Governor then presented the old man, by whom they had been so kindly and hospitably received, with some trifling gifts, and the party proceeded on their voyage. A week or two after the same locality was visited by another party of excursionists, also under the command of the Governor. This time, also, the old man made his appearance on the beach, accompanied by his son, whom he introduced to Governor Phillip, having previously welcomed the party by a dance and a song, or, more properly, a "corroboree" on a small scale. The Europeans remaining in Broken