The Advocate (Burnie) serves the North West and West Coast of Tasmania. The online newspaper About Us page states : The Advocate has proudly served this region since 1890.
(http://www.theadvocate.com.au/about-us/ ) Sighted 23 September 2016
This is a Christmas poem that combines the idea of Australia and the bush--'banks', 'creeks', 'Southern Cross'--with the biblical nature of Christmas through 'angels', 'Heaven' and the 'Cross'.
Published on 24 December 1904 (Saturday) . Specially written by W. W. (Waif Wander) for the Advocate's 'Christmas Supplement'.
The poem opens with Waif Wander speaking to the reader: that he should go back in dreams to a time where he was a boy, where he courted his loving bride, to where his children were born and his parents died...and then he is now ageing fast and quick, meeting not a grave but the Land of Green where 'Christ is King'...
Published on 26 December 1903 (Saturday).
'THE secret invention of an almost invisible aeroplane is the cause of this exciting spy yarn, and a particularly suave and particularly ruthless agent of an unspecified European country keeps it moving. An old friend, Gilbert Larose, in the role of a secret service agent, however, proves equally as ruthless and even more cunning, so the honors are satisfying. Murder and kidnapping help the foreign agent to secure the prized formula for making the material for the plane, but his seemingly faultless disguises and alibis are easily penetrated by Larose. There are many moments of anxiety, but a villain must never succeed in his dastardly plots — in fiction.'
'Bodleian'. 'Leaves from the Latest Books', The Mail, 21 August 1937, p.27.
'People who disappear, either from choice or compulsion, usually leave behind some trace, some thread or other, which an astute detective can seize on and follow to a logical conclusion. No such convenient clue was to be found in the case of the disappearance of four villagers from the little hamlets on the Suffolk coast of England. When Gilbert Larose, the Australian detective, was put on the case, not only was the trail cold, but there was not a shred of evidence to show that there had ever been a trail at all. The men had simply vanished into thin air. But in his usually entertaining and unassuming manner, Larose scents a major mystery, and. with the unswerving assurance of the black tracker, is soon just a step or two behind the criminals.'
'The Hidden Door', The Advertiser, 9 August 1934, p.156.
A doctor's experiments lead to the partial conquering of death.