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The Miner's Right

A Tale of the Australian Goldfields

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Author: Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Alexander Browne)
Published: 1890
Language: English
Wordcount: 178,400 / 502 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 636
Added to site: 2010.11.08
mnybks.net#: 29503
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said the girl hastily, while the colour left her cheek. 'You wouldn't go to America or India or any of those places, surely?'

'Why not?' said I bitterly. 'What earthly use is a fellow like me crawling about in England? I have no profession. I have no money. And the only thing I can try for is the post of a farm bailiff, a gamekeeper, or a second whip. Even these need recommendations. No; I'm a useless gentleman, and they might as well have drowned me like a blind puppy as bring me up to such a fate.'

'Oh, don't you talk like that!' cried the good-natured Jane, much moved by my unwonted bitterness and the tragic view of my position. 'Surely your friends will do something for you. Set you up in a farm, or get you a place under Government. You might be happy enough that way, if you would only be contented.' Here she sighed softly. Poor Jane!

'I could never be contented,' said I, 'with anything short of a decent position in the world. I hate the sameness of an everyday pokey life. I must trav

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