When he brought me here he first blindfolded me. I have

time:2023-11-28 19:07:54 source:rencunzhengju.com author:power

Dad used to say that Shingle Hut was the finest selection on Darling Downs; but WE never could see anything fine about it--except the weather in drought time, or Dad's old saddle mare. SHE was very fine. The house was built in a gully so that the bailiffs (I suppose) or the blacks--who were mostly dead--could n't locate it. An old wire-fence, slanting all directions, staggered past the front door. At the rear, its foot almost in the back door, sloped a barren ridge, formerly a squatter's sheep-yard. For the rest there were sky, wallaby-scrub, gum-trees, and some acres of cultivation. But Dad must have seen something in it, or he would n't have stood feasting his eyes on the wooded waste after he had knocked off work of an evening. In all his wanderings--and Dad had been almost everywhere; swimming flooded creeks and rivers, humping his swag from one end of Australia to the other; at all games going except bank-managing and bushranging--he had seen no place timbered like Shingle Hut.

When he brought me here he first blindfolded me. I have

"Why," he used to say, "it's a fortune in itself. Hold on till the country gets populated, and firewood is scarce, there'll be money in it then--mark my words!"

When he brought me here he first blindfolded me. I have

Poor Dad! I wonder how long he expected to live?

When he brought me here he first blindfolded me. I have

At the back of Shingle Hut was a tract of Government land--mostly mountains--marked on the map as the Great Dividing Range. Splendid country, Dad considered it--BEAUTIFUL country--and part of a grand scheme he had in his head. I defy you to find a man more full of schemes than Dad was.

The day had been hot. Inside, the mosquitoes were bad; and, after supper, Dad and Dave were outside, lying on some bags. They had been grubbing that day, and were tired. The night was nearly dark. Dad lay upon his back, watching the stars; Dave upon his stomach, his head resting on his arms. Both silent. One of the draught-horses cropped the couch-grass round about them. Now and again a flying-fox circled noiselessly overhead, and "MOPOKE!--MOPOKE!" came dismally from the ridge and from out the lonely-looking gully. A star fell, lighting up a portion of the sky, but Dad did not remark it. In a while he said:

"How old are you, Dave?" Dave made a mental calculation before answering.

"S'pose I must be eighteen now ...Why?"

"I've been thinking of that land at the back--if we had that I believe we could make money."


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