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Preface

Of the sketches contained in this volume, the following were originally written for “The Bulletin,” Sydney, viz.: - “How M'Dougall Topped the Score,” “O'Toole and McSharry,” “Simple Sam,” “The Irony of Fate,” “Illawarra,” “The Rouseabout,” “Come Back to the Bush,” “Did you Ever?” “The Degeneration of Jim,” and “Brogan's Flat.” The grateful acknowledgments of the author are hereby tendered to “The Bulletin" Proprietary and to the Editor for their courtesy, and for the prompt and hearty manner in which consent was given for the reprinting of the above items in these pages.

“The Bush-Bred Youngster" originally appeared in “Splashes,” Sydney; “The Prerogative of Piper's Flat,” in the “Sydney Mail;" “The Legend of Dead Man's Gully,” and “Latter Day Patriots" in the “Evening News,” Sydney; “Not Too Bad,” “O'Mulligan's Wallaby Drive,” and “The Stockman's Serenade,” in the “Crookwell Gazette,” and “The Dream of Harum-Scarum" in “The Sunday Times,” Sydney.

“Mount Kembla" and “The Song of the Mason" were first printed in “Masonry,” whilst “Mrs. McSweeney" made her first appearance in the “Glebe Gazette.”

The other items in the book appear now for the first time. THE AUTHOR.

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