August 14 1874-Perth Courier
John McCormack, of Pakenham, has gone astray and no tidings of him are forthcoming. Being an old man and partially imbecile, it is fearful he has wandered off into some of the many backward and unfrequented spots surrounding his home in the White Lake Mountains, and lay down to rise no more.
However, it is said on consulting the oracle at Plum Hollow, it was said that he was still alive and about to be restored to his sorrowing wife and family. Those who have faith in her ladyship’s prognostications are hopeful of seeing him again in the flesh, but we must be excused for doubting it on such authority.
September 18, 1874-Perth Courier
A man of 74, named John McCormick, was found at 5 o’clock on Monday morning in the mountain region of Pakenham. He had been ailing for some time, and wandered away from his home. Although an unceasing search bad been kept up with the help of The Witch of Plum Hollow, his remains were not discovered until the 11th, when they were found beside a log, less than half a mile from home, which he had been apparently trying to go across to see an old neighbour. To-day, Wednesday, he was followed to the grave by a large body of his oldest and nearest neighbours, who knew his worth.
As for the Witch of Plum Hollow? You win some and you lose some.
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