TUMUT - A Queer Burglar.- One night last week (the Tumut and Adelong times reports), Mrs. Osmond, awaking from slumber, heard sounds indicative of the presence of an intruder on the premises of the Star Hotel, she thought in the billiard-room. Arousing Mr. Osmond she imparted the unwelcome intelligence to him, and he forthwith donned portion of his attire, and proceeding cautiously to the place lighted a match. Nothing was to be seen there, but something evidently was moving about in the adjoining kitchen, Stealing stealthily to the culinary establishment, the host of the Star ignited another wax vesta, and peering into the chamber saw by its glimmer an ominous looking lengthened visage, with great eyes, and surmounted by a pair of formidable horns. The midnight visitant proved, however, to be nothing more satanic than a harmless enough wandering cow, which immediately made a rush for the half-opened door, and by jamming its head and shoulders in the insufficient space for exit, caused some further disturbance, and was with difficulty driven forth to roam at large in the darkness. Why the cow went into the Star Hotel kitchen is a question which those who have nothing better to do may strive to solve. She took nothing away with her, and left nothing of any value as a memorial of her burglarious entry of the place. - (Ref- The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)(about) Previous issue Saturday 25 February 1882).
Eliza Osmond, sister of Mr James Osmond, who at one time ran the Star Hotel in Tumut.
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