Travels Abroad; Embracing Holland, England, Belgium, France, Sandwich Islands, New Zealand…

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byRichard L. Miller

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... LETTER XVIII. AUSTRALIAN FORESTS--THEIR UTTER DESOLATION--HUNT- ING BEARS AND KANGAROOS--THE RESULT--LAUGHING JACKASSES--THE ART GALLERIES AT THE EXHIBITION --THE DRAMA. United States Court, Exhibition Building, October 3, 1888. My Dear Boy: Messrs. Faulkner and Craighill, of Lynchburg, gave me a letter of introduction to a friend of theirs in Melbourne. I was delighted to find that he is as much devoted to sport as myself, and we at once arranged for a hunt for the fol'owing Tuesday. So on that day, accompanied by this friend, we took the train for Goldburn, New South Wales, which was reached Wednesday at 8 A. M. We hired a twohorse trap, and within one hour after our arrival were on our way to "Bungonia," a station in the heart of the colony. We were on the road almost all day. After leaving Goldburn, we entered the forest, which extended for hundreds of miles in every direction. A word here anent Australian forests. Every square acre is just like every other square acre throughout the whole country. There is no more desolate sight than is presented by these forests. The trees are gnarled and twisted, and all of the trunks and limbs are white, with that peculiar ashy appearance seen only in a pile of bleached bones on some wind-swept desert. The ground underneath the trees is almost entirely bare, as there is but little to fertilize it, the trees never shedding their leaves, but only their dry, sapless, lifeless bark, which peels off in long strips, and lies along the ground in tangled masses. No sound is heard among the trees, except occasionally the peculiar guttural note of the magpie or the shrill pipe of the " soldier bird." I have wandered for hours through these " skeleton woods" without hearing even a leaf stir, and only occasionally catching a glimpse of a kangaroo or wal...

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... LETTER XVIII. AUSTRALIAN FORESTS--THEIR UTTER DESOLATION--HUNT- ING BEARS AND KANGAROOS--THE RESULT--LAUGHING JACKASSES--THE ART GALLERIES AT THE EXHIBITI...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021730155X

ISBN - 13:9780217301558

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