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The Great Crushing at Mount Sugar-Bag

A Queensland Mining Tale

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Author: Louis Becke
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,928 / 17 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 754
Added to site: 2007.11.14
mnybks.net#: 19022
Genre: Short Story
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"DOTSWOOD STATION, BURDEKIN RIVER,

"June 7, 188-- .

"DEAR SIR--In reply to your note, I beg to state that no horses with the brands described by you have ever been recieved on this station from Mr. Isaac Cohen, nor any other person.

"Yours, &c.,

"WALTER D. JOYCE,

"MR. RODY MINOGUE, "Manager.

"Sugar-bag."

"The thundering old sweep! Why, we could jail him for this," said Durham. "Are you quite sure about his using them ever since he took delivery of them?"

"Quite; I can bring a dozen people to prove that the two pack-horses have been running in the Charters Towers coach for the past six months, and the three saddle-horses have been carrying the Bowen mail from Townsville for five months."

Durham thumped his fist on the table. "I wish we could get him to tell us before a witness that the horses were at Dotswood."

"We needn't bother; this is better," and Rody, taking out Cohen's account, read -

"To 32 weeks' agistment for 5 h

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