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Preface.

This book of Short Stories may enable many an hour to pass pleasantly. “The Red Kangaroo” and its companions show that Australian short stories may be racy of the soil and exciting to the point of actual thrill, and at the same time be as welcome on the reading-table of the suburban home as in the shearers' hut, or in the fo'castle of a coastal trader, or in the tent of a mining camp. Here are tragedy in the Australian bush, romance on the Australian station, the plunging of horses, the grim out-back loyalty of strong men, while here and there we catch a glimpse of the slim and graceful Australian girl, whose presence gives the inevitable love story to the collection. All the stories have appeared in “The Sydney Mail”—most of them upon the Australian Short Story Page. The contributors are the best-known and most able writers of romance in the Commonwealth.

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