There was one house at the Gordon Bridge, originally built as a pub but had never been licensed. I was working at the opposite side of the river to this house, while a shepherd was camped about half-a-mile up the river.
The house had once been a changing station for coach horses and the shepherd told me that it was haunted, as every night a light shone in the window of the tap-room. The room had a stone floor and was intended to accommodate travellers. There was a fireplace and they could sit and smoke and have their rum hot if they so wished.
I notice in your issue of the 23rd. inst., under letters to group settlers, No. 15, that a rooster had been killed by eating a snake. I have had a similar experience, with a hen. Some little time back while farming at Denmark, I was standing in front of the house in the company with the other men, towards evening and we noticed a hen jump straight up in the air three or four times and then drop dead.
We were puzzled to know what had happened, so I plucked the feathers off the breast and cut open the crop and to my surprise there was about 2inches of the tail part of a snake, the remainder having wriggled on down into the entrails. I caught hold of the tail and pulled the snake out. It was about 9inches long and not picked or broken and was still alive.
A. H. Johnson, Emu Point, Albany.