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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
Active RetireesTM | 67 A few hours on came a Cooee call from a man who must be near. Were others seeking the small lost plane? No survivor could be here! So his focus lay where he had to go as a spirit led him on; later stopped and shouted a Cooee call for a searcher would be gone. "Cooee" he called, and he listened hard. Could there still be signs of life? "Cooee" came back, and he stood stock still, in his hand his well-used knife, for the scrub was thick on Macpherson Range where perhaps the Stinson fell, and if some still lived on this tenth long day, very soon now time would tell. "Cooee" he heard, then a second voice, from a distance strangely near. What would he fnd? Were there men alive? Was the sighting one to fear? Then the scrub revealed, in a small burnt patch, on the vast Macpherson Range, there were two poor men. There were two poor men! And O'Reilly's heart felt strange. They voiced a greeting like "Thank you, mate," and they asked for Bradman's score, and "Boil the billy," said one poor man, yet they badly needed more; so O'Reilly did all he could for them, gave them water, warmth and hope, then he sped for help as he said a prayer that the dying men could cope. Down rough terrain, past a waterfall, and he found young Westray -- dead! but hurried on with an urgency through the miles that lay ahead, crossing streams and ridges and slimy rocks, in the rain as darkness came, till he saw a lad with a lantern light, and he humbly gave his name. "I've found the plane! There are men alive, but they're dying as we speak. I need a phone, and a rescue team, and some food. They're very weak!" So the farmers, doctor, and volunteers were assembled through the night, and were on their way with the single aim that they'd save those men in plight. One gang went straight to the horror scene and the others cut a track; they'd have to carry the injured men down the range to bring them back. Many hours they toiled till the track was made and they met up near the site, where on sodden ground, in this eerie place, they all waited out the night. The men were fed, and Proud's leg was saved, and they left at break of day. With care they carried their precious load on crude stretchers as they lay. When their task was done, on the twelfth sad day, such emotion flled the air; friends and families came, and the news spread far of the rescue of this pair. The man whose skill brought this all about was exhausted, drenched and cold, yet every man in the rescue team knew his story must be told. Our O'Reilly, though, was a humble man and he shunned this new- found fame, but we'll not forget Bernard's epic search where the mountains claim his name. "Cooee" he called, and two lives were saved by this bushman's innate skills. A Stinson plane, by a cyclone tossed, had gone down on lonely hills, and long days and nights in that jungle hell, by that blackened burnt-out plane, Proud and Binstead lay till O'Reilly proved their Cooee was not in vain. WE NEED YOU! Put pen to paper ands end in your writing. Not only will you have a chance of seeing your work in print, you'll also be in the running to win the annual Paul Henningham Award for Literary Excellence. E: hallie@mahlabmedia. com.au P: Smile! Active Retirees magazine 369a Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041 CBUBITSVL VIOLIN OUNCE LOOSEN NODDCNOCT RECOVERY AUTOGRAPHS MDRG AATA LANDED USE CANDIDLY OOAFL O TEENAGER FIERCENESS RO DI O P DEER MUSICIANS WELL C A IT EI ATTENDANCE AUGMENTS P ONNOD OPTIMISM THY LIKING OTNI PFIE TREATMENTS RECKLESS TPAAAILLT OLDHAT TONIC UNEVEN YSEEDEBRD 371684952 865923471 492175836 516492783 983761245 724538169 659247318 148359627 237816594 Solutions -- puzzles page 68
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