Knocking about in New Zealand

Knocking about in New Zealand

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...and a famous carpenter, he was as good a mate as any man could wish for in the bush where such qualities are invaluable, and we got on very well together during the seven or eight months that we were mates.' En passant, no class of men in the world are less generally known and appreciated than the digger. In saying this, I do not for one moment refer to those curses of a gold-field, the low Irish "tips," for a more cowardly, ruflianly, or brutal character I have never met with than that lively specimen from the green isle, who seems to flourish with rank luxuriance in the neighbourhood of gold. He is the man who will, as long as he has a mob of his mates to back him, smash up a store, jump a claim, rob a church, or shoot a gallant and inoffensive young prince, with equal zest. These are not the class to whom I refer as diggers. The true digger, whether Irish, Scotch, or English, is a brave, high-spirited working-man, ready with his purse as a friend, or with his fist as a foe. The dash of peril which necessarily accompanies the pursuits in which he is so constantly engaged imparts a free and careless bluffness to his manner, which is a great relief from the reserve and formality that prevail among nearly all classes in the old country. I know no more hospitable individual, in the full sense of the word, than this honest, jolly, freehearted spendthrift. A share of his damper and bacon, or whatever else he may have, a pannikin of tea, or half his blanket and opossum rug, are always at your disposal if you choose to accept them. He on his part would, if compelled to seek it, expect to find the same welcome at your tent door, and would recall the kindness afterwards with gratitude, while endeavouring in every way to make you...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236883314
  • 9781236883315