The Optical Magic Lantern Journal (August 1900)

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97 The Optical Magic Lantern Journal and Photographic Enlarger. ; of 25 miles in a buggy through magnificent mountain scenery. Not more than half-a-dozen in my audience had eyer seen pictures before, so they were not satisfied with an ordinary entertainment of 90 minutes; so we prolonged our show till within an hour of | midnight. The great difficulty one has to contend with out here is the supply of oxygen gas. Most operators use generators, that made by Mr. Alexander Gunn, of Melbourne, being the most popular. I have succeeded in getting a | supply of oxygen in cylinders, but can only get it compressed up to 90 instead of 120 atmospheres, as at home; and, of course, the price is very different, 1s. per ft. being the ordinary price. On Saturday I went on to Alexandra, from thence I took the mail coach to Marysville, a mountain journey of 30 miles through primeval forest and Australian bush; the mail coach, on which I was the only passenger, carrying the letters to the bushmen, not taking them to | their lonely homes, but leaving them in boxes : (without locks and sometimes without even tops) fastened to trees in the forest, and the men coming through the almost trackless bush to these boxes for their valued letters. I spent Sunday at an hotel at Marysville, one of the most secluded and charming mountain resorts in Victoria, surrounded on every side with dense | and almost impregnable forest and lofty mountains, and eo much out of the world that I was tuld I should have to travel 25 miles if I wished to attend service. In the morning I struck out alone into the forest in search of the Stevenson Falls. Far down in a gully beneath the water voice, ig singing far aloft the magpie. On I went beneath nodding plumes of gigantic tree ferns, and past the stately heights of white and red gum trees with their trunks all silver. After passing all the wealth of a rich mountain valley a louder water voice is heard roaring ahead, and the crown of the bald head of the gorge is seen ; we watch for the silver streak of the Fall, | and suddenly it appears and justifies its voice. The torrent falls in a series of plunges, leaps, bounds, and cataracts, 300 feet down, and in its fall is often divided and broken by jutting points of rock bordered with fern and scrub foliage. | Such grandeur of sight and sound I have not seen in Australia. Inthe afternoon I set out to climb to the top of Mount Bismark, in search of a hermit who lived on the summit, | and had lived here alone for 15 years, 3,000 feet above the sea. I lost my way in the mountain forest. Although I climbed to the top, animated } | I failed to find the object of my search; but news got to him somehow that I had been on his track, and he came down to the hotel to see me before I left on the following morning. What shall I say of my drive from Marysville to Healesville ? No language of mine can give you any idea of its awful grandeur. For many miles our path lay up a mountain side 3,000 feet high, and then across the Black Spur. The road was cut out of the side of the solid rock, and were one of the four horses to swerve we should be hurled down to certain death in the abyss beneath. Now we were in the home ‘ of the Australian tree-fern, thousands of which we saw over 20 feet high; also innumerable hearts-tongues and stag-horns, and luxuriant growths of maidenhair and lycopodice with enormous gum trees 900 feet high, towering lance-like through thick lustrous foliage of light wood and mountain ash, sassafras and rich leaved scrubs. The trees on this mountain track are the growth of centuries, and are the tallest in the world; their fluttering pennants would wave above the dome of St. Paul's. ; Here, too, is the haunt of the kangaroo, the emu, the wombat, the brown bear, the lyre bird, innumerable parrots, and thousands of venomous snakes. I am not sure that I saw the Black Spur to the best advantage, for late in the afternoon a mist spread over the mountain; but it was glorious in the shadow and shine with its vesture of pearly mist and purple gloom. At seven I reached Healesville, where I caught a train for Melbourne, and this brought to a close a most enjoyable week with the lantern in Australia. CASON oa for Nalfonamesl Slides e! Jremne Brann, T some time or other in the course of their experience, most lanternistg will have been called upon to make a set of slides to serve as illustrations for an astronomical lecture. In all probability they pursued the usual method of obtaining negatives of the illustrations first, and then making This was lantern slides by contact afterwards.