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VI.

Bess was not hanged. At the Hobart Assizes she would have pleaded guilty had not the Court, very informally, and under protest from Crown-Solicitor Stephen, heard a statement from Michael Ferris, transport, and Frank Manning, free upon-arrival. But her son was—a couple of years later—on the final break up of Brady's gang.

Polite Mr. Dougherty—the Turveydrop of the


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scaffold—who as the law's finishing school-master put the last touches on young Davies, stepped behind the coffin (which he had just delivered to Bess) to breathe a word of consolation to Overseer Manning who accompanied her.

“I never did for a likelier lad, Mr. Manning, never! An' it's a pity, sir—I know all the story, Mr. Manning—he was so fine a lad. Had he been uglier, then all o' her heart 'ud not ha' gone into that shell. She'll never marry yer, Mr. Manning—although 'twud be a good match, sir! She ain't no woman to marry wi'out a heart; an' hers is in pieces alongside o' that stiff in the coffin. Thank'ee, sir—the gould 'll do instead of his clothes!”

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