National Geographic : 1949 Sep
Cruise to Stone Age Arnhem Land 427 Phoenix made a serious bid to leave the rocks. Men bent to the anchor windlass, trying to .. '. warp the vessel clear. She actually budged a hard-won bit. With new life the crew turned the wind lass faster. A jerk, a jolt, and we barged ahead another few inches. As we ground over the last foot of the familiar reef, cheers rang out. The Phoenix Answers Mission Prayers As usual, the Rev erend Mr. Hanna was conducting Sunday evening service at Mil ingimbi. A native sat on the beach instead of in a pew, probably praying for nicky nicky. Outonthebaya light flickered and grew bigger. The native jumped to his feet and shouted something. The congregation stopped singing in mid hymn. At last, the ship had come in! Half-naked bodies began scrambling to quit the church. It took all six feet and 200 pounds of the mis sionary to check a stampede. Somehow Skill with Harp he persuaded his flock while the vessel was back to their benches men borrowed a dugout for 30 minutes more green sea turtle. The of worship. After all, Milingimbi had waited a long time for the Phoenix-nearly three months with out tobacco. As for food, natives simply went hunting or fishing when stores dwindled. To the missionary and his family, however, a ship meant mail, company, and something staple to eat. They never had enough of these, since supply boats called so rarely. One morning began with a loud fight among the aborigines. A native named Maranboy had run off into the bush with another's wife. Interested relatives (the entire tribe) had oon Provides a Feast for Phoenix's Crew stranded in Boucaut Bay (page 418), aboriginal crew it from the bush natives and captured this 300-pound neat was cut into steaks and broiled over an open fire. brought the guilty couple to trial. The min ister was at breakfast. Maranboy's lawful wife screamed invective against him. Other natives closed in, shout ing fiercely. Only the partner in crime stood by the culprit. When she tried to escape, Mrs. Maranboy left a nasty gash between her shoulder blades with a foot-long knife. Miangla, brother-in-law of Maranboy, pre pared to finish him off and avenge a jilted sister. The crowd took cover, for spears could ricochet like bullets.