A peculiar missile used by the savages of Australia in war or the chase. It consists of a piece of hard wood of a bent form and about two feet long. One side is flat, the other convex in shape. When thrown it has a singular motion. Instead of going forward it rises with a whirling motion, then begins to go backward, and strikes the ground behind the thrower. The Australians are very skillful in the use of this singular weapon, and can make it strike where they wish.