Near And Far; An Angler's Sketches Of Home Sport And Colonial Life

Paperback | January 7, 2012

byWilliam Senior

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THE SHEEP-STATION. A Cord1al invitation to visit one of the finest sheep-stations in Queensland was too great a temptation to be resisted. Yet, a more unfavourable season for a journey of nearly 400 miles into the interior could not be imagined. The colony was suffering from a drought, the like of which none but old colonists, and not many of them, could remember. For a year and more, rain had not fallen. Watercourses never before known to be without water were baked hard. For leagues upon leagues, not a green spot would relieve the melancholy brown of the grazing-lands. The papers day by day, and week by week, published stories of perished stock and impoverished settlers. The talk everywhere was of impending ruin. The appearance of ever so small a cloud in the glaring sky was a sensation; men in the country suspended all toil to watch it and hope against hope, while in the little townships it was criticized and chronicled, and for the moment was the cause of more excitement than the war news from Eastern Europe, at that time reaching the critical point. It seemed to be a literal fulfilment of the terrible threat, " I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass. And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits." The native Queenslander, who, very properly, does not care to hear his country cried down, was forced to some sort of confession, and the visitor, or passing stranger, who ventured to suggest that the climate was severe, was anxiously informed that the season was exceptionally hot; as it certainly was. During an ordinary summer in Queensland, the lightest possible clothing will be necessary for at least seven months in the year. T...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THE SHEEP-STATION. A Cord1al invitation to visit one of the finest sheep-stations in Queensland was too great ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217731090

ISBN - 13:9780217731096

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