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A Romance of Canvas Town

and Other Stories

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Author: Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Alexander Browne)
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,390 / 239 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 528
Added to site: 2010.11.08
mnybks.net#: 29504
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ho would have helped him? We refuse to believe it.

It is hard to persuade the prosperous people of the world--whether that world be old or new--that persons in want of money or the necessaries of life are not culpable, if not criminal. If the true history of that terrible time were written it would be abundantly proved that many of the poor, innocent, inexperienced souls who came here 'in the fifties' in all good faith to seek their fortunes, underwent deadly dangers and sad privations--were often reduced to depths of utter despair ere good fortune or 'colonial experience' came to their aid.

What were they to do? let me ask, in their interest, as amicus curiae. They had miscalculated their means, they had shrunk from going straight to the diggings, and if with sisters, wife, or children, what wonder? The money began to run short. What next? Try to get work? It was not so easy; few people were inclined to take as groom or gardener, cook, or waiter, a man obviously unused to such employments, and

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