Tarragal, or Bush Life in Australia

Tarragal, or Bush Life in Australia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...All through the race the scene within the course was one of wild excitement, each competitor being followed by a strong body of partisans, who galloped from leap to leap, cheering on their favourites; thus, while one party would be galloping westerly, others would be pursuing a northerly, and others again a southerly direction, which led to several collisions and many severe falls. The third fence from home was taken by Douglas and Bushranger simultaneously, followed at a distance by Borack, Charcoal, and Bendigo, in close order. The black horse, although jumping well, was getting winded. Edwin's confidence arose accordingly, and he took the lead at the next fence, Douglas taking it in his stride, whilst the black, close behind, struck the top rail heavily, but without a fall. At this moment, Edwin's attention was attracted by a scream, followed by warning shouts, and casting his eyes to the left, the sight which met his gaze caused his heart to leap to his mouth. There he saw Fleetwing coming down the lane at a frantic gallop, with her rider, hatless and pale, tugging in vain at the reins. Edwin saw at a glance that in a few seconds she must reach the burnt bridge, and then all would be over. With the speed of thought he wheeled Douglas, and put him at the fence bordering the lane; but from the suddenness of the turn, or through throwing the horse out of his stride, Douglas broke the top rail, and failed to clear the ditch beyond, consequently he fell headlong into the lane, almost at the feet of Fleetwing, who stopped so suddenly that her rider was also thrown to the ground. Almost immediately about a dozen horsemen, who had started in pursuit of the runaway, arrived, and amongst them Carmel, Mildman, and Clancy; the former twain ran to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619412
  • 9781236619419