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The Colonial Mortuary Bard; '''Reo,'' The Fisherman; and The Black Bream of Australia

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Author: Louis Becke
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,464 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.1
LoC Category: PE
Downloads: 820
Added to site: 2008.02.19
mnybks.net#: 20107
Origin: gutenberg.org
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'Reo gave his wife a small share of the plunder and sent her home to her parents. When Tom Denison next saw him he was keeping a boarding house at Levuka, in Fiji. He told Denison he was welcome to free board and lodging for a year. 'Reo had his good points, as I have said.


THE BLACK BREAM OF AUSTRALIA

Next to the lordly and brilliant-hued schnapper, the big black bream of the deep harbour waters of the east coast of Australia is the finest fish of the bream species that have ever been caught. Thirty years ago, in the hundreds of bays which indent the shores of Sydney harbour, and along the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers, they were very plentiful and of great size; now, one over 3 lbs. is seldom caught, for the greedy and dirty Italian and Greek fishermen who infest the harbour with their fine-meshed nets have practically exterminated them. In other harbours of New South Wales, however--notably Jervis and Twofold Bays--these handsome fish are still plentiful, a

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