The Herald's publisher, the Melbourne Newspaper Company, was sold in 1891 to the City Newspaper Company. In 1892 it acquired the Weekly Times and formed the Herald & Standard Newspaper Company.
Originally a morning paper, the Herald changed to an evening publication on 4 January 1869. Staff retrenched at this time formed a company to publish the Melbourne Daily Telegraph, managed by Charles Somerton. He saw an opportunity to publish a weekly companion publication and the Weeky Times was launched on 11 September 1869.
Society passes a motion praising the Herald for publishing Lawson's prose on a daily basis; Ford delivers an address on thought and the creative process.
A detective on holiday in South Australia stumbles on a cunningly planned murder.
'In the new story the setting is a lonely lsand off a stretch of the Essex coast; unnumbered narrow creeks up which the tides surge like carrion beasts ravening for their prey, and long wastes of marshland with their girdles of black mud—the fitting home and hiding place of crime. For many months a band of criminals had been harrying the English countryside, defying all efforts of the authorities to uncover them. Then Larose arrived in England and speedily got upon their trail. It is a thrilling story of mystery and adventure, featuring Gilbert Larose at his best.'
'New Serial Story for "The Advertiser",' Advertiser and Register, 11 March 1931, p.9.