Our Stolen Summer; The Record of a Roundabout Tour

Our Stolen Summer; The Record of a Roundabout Tour

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...tract of country behind, and for their convenience a large gum-store had been erected near the station. Several pack-horses were tethered Close by: their owners, who had come in from the wilds to exchange their little pile of gum for coin and food, stood taciturnly smoking as they surveyed the train. And an energetic Maori lady, in a pink blouse showily trimmed with cheap yellow lace, discussed a question of cargo with the conductor, holding her quantum of bread in her embrace the while. She was evidently free from the characteristic indolence of her race, for from a communicative traveller we learnt that she undertook all the packing at the gum-store--"a man's work; a strong man's, too, and she does it well." Farther along the line we came upon a little cluster of gumdiggers' houses of a less temporary appearance, in that their gables boasted board or tin chimneys; but all had the same ramshackle look. The surrounding earth showed few signs of cultivation, though an occasional heavily-laden peach-tree or a wallowing pumpkin-vine, its length covered with yellow blossoms and large green fruit, bore witness to the adaptability of the soil. The arrival of the train appeared to be the one event of the day at this little hamlet, for on a grassy knoll the women--dishevelled, half-savage-looking creatures most of them--had assembled to show their babes the carriages going past. Separated by the intervening bulk of a small eminence from this community was one exceptional house. Round about his wooden hut the owner had succeeded in reclaiming fully an acre of the fertile ground, and thereon all sorts of vegetables flourished exceedingly, and repaid the squatter's labours by supplying him with a wellnigh...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840488
  • 9781236840486