The quotation published in the Burra Record
(above) very likely
originated from the novel's first publisher Cameron Laing. Evidence
for this comes from a number of metropolitan and regional newspapers
which published the same blurb, in most instances word for word, that
same year. The only difference appears to be the concluding paragraph.
An alternate ending, not used by the Burra Record
, appears in most other newspapers in place of the Record's
It is a remarkable narrative, and another instance of the fact that 'truth' is stranger than fiction.' The author of The Raven in his wildest flights of fancy was not more absorbing (Border Watch 2 July 1881, p.1).