The scene is laid in the Queensland bush, mining and station life being depicted during the unfolding of an engrossing plot.
throat grew tight and his eyes moist, and for the first time in his life he experienced a satisfaction that had to do with neither eating nor working. He put one hand for a moment on his wife's shoulder, and with the extended forefinger of the other touched the small chubby hand that lay against her breast. Withdrawing it, he stood for a moment undecided whether to repeat the experiment, when the neighbour bustled up, and Taylor shuffled out of the room and into the cool air of the night. There he remembered the man who was in a worse plight than he had been, and he went to seek him.
He found him standing by a horse on the roadside, just beyond the boundary fence.
"You had better camp at the house for to-night," Taylor began, as he leaned over the fence and strained his eyes in an endeavour to make out where the dray the man had mentioned was standing.
"No; thanks all the same," the man answered. "I've fixed up everything, and can shove along."
"But there's the little 'un; and wha