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An exciting adventure of outlaws in the early days of the Australian gold rush, when fortunes were made and stolen, and when bush rangers and natives constituted a real and formidable danger to the settlers. “All boys will read this story with eager and unflagging interest. The episodes are in Mr. Henty’s very best vein–graphic, exciting, realistic; and, as in all Mr. Henty’s books, the tendency is to the formation of an honourable, manly, and even heroic character.”–Birmingham Post.
415 pages, with a reading time of ~6.5 hours (103,750 words), and first published in 1887. This DRM-Free edition published by epubBooks, 2010.
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“You are the most troublesome boy in the village, Reuben Whitney, and you will come to a bad end.”
The words followed a shower of cuts with the cane. The speaker was an elderly man, the master of the village school of Tipping, near Lewes, in Sussex; and the words were elicited, in no small degree, by the vexation of the speaker at his inability to wring a cry from the boy whom he was striking. He was a lad of some thirteen years of age, with a face naturally bright and intelligent; but at present quivering with anger.
“I don’t care if I do,” he said defiantly. “It won’t be my fault, but yours, and the rest of them.”