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it is six feet long. Its fore legs are very short, and its hind ones very long.
It does not run along upon its legs like a cat or a dog, but sits upon its haunches, and bounds along in great leaps. Sometimes, it will go six rods at a single jump. It easily jumps over shrubs of considerable. height. It is a timid animal, and runs away as fast as it can go, , from a dog or a man.
It defends itself with its tail, which is so strong, that it can easily kill a dog with a single blow. Its flesh is excellent food, and the animal is much hunted, both by the English settlers, and the negro inhabitants.
But I have not yet told you the most curious thing about the Kangaroo. The female has a pouch under the belly, which serves as a retreat for the young Kangaroos, in time of danger. When the little creatures are playing around their mother, if they discover anything that gives them alarm, they immediately run to her, jump into the pouch, and there they remain, snug and safe, till the danger is past
TALES OF ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
110 Tales of ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN · There is a large river in New Holland, called Hawkesbury. In this river there are swans, which are quite black. All the swans of Europe, America, and Asia, are white, and it is very common to say, “as white as a swan." Such a thing as a black swan, was not imagined to exist, till they were discovered in New Holland.
There is a very large bird found in this island, called Emeu. It is of the ostrich kind, but its neck is much shorter, and its body longer; and it is destitute of the beautiful glossy feathers, which form the tail of the ostrich. It is one of the largest of all the feathered race, and is sometimes seven feet long. Its flesh is said to taste like beef.
The native inhabitants of New Holland, are of middle height, with slender frames, and large heads. Their hair is woolly like the people of New Guinea. Some of them are of a copper
What of the Black Swan ?. What of the Emeu ? Describe the natives of New Holland
color, and some nearly black. Many of them are nearly covered with hair.
They are destitute of clothing, and most of them have no houses, but sleep in the open air. They live indeed almost like the brutes. They have few tools, or utensils of any kind. Their warriors have spears and shields; and paint themselves in a hideous manner.
There is very little to please us, in the description of these people. They have been represented by the English settlers, as brutal and savage to the last degree. But I am inclined to think they are not a very bad people after all.
At the southeast corner of New Holland, and separated from it only by a small strip of the sea, is a large island called Van Diemen's land. The climate here is very healthy, and the English have several settlements, the chief of which is Hobart town.
The natives are negroes, like those of New Holland, but they build better huts, and appear to have more intelligence and humanity.
What about Var Diemen’s land ?