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Issue Details: First known date: 1883... vol. 18 no. 219 August 1883 of The Australian Journal est. 1865 The Australian Journal
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* Contents derived from the 1883 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Bessie's Life Rope, 1883 single work short story
A steeplejack's daughter's cool head for heights enables her to save her father's life. Set in an English village. (PB)
(p. 649)
A First-Class Passage, 1883 single work short story detective
The youthful narrator's attentions to a young lady crossing the Atlantic from Liverpool on the same ship gives him embarrassment when she is exposed as a male bank robber. And the annoying second-class passenger is in fact a police detective who disappears overboard one night - a possible murder victim. Well-controlled narrative voice of youthful naivety. (PB)
(p. 650-652)
Two of a Trade, 1883 single work prose humour
A London wholesale druggist invites a number of chemists to dine with him and finds none will sit down with the other. (PB)
(p. 652)
An Awkward Predicament, 1883 single work short story
A bank clerk in Yorkshire takes £22 000 home with him through a series of misadventures. He and his wife are giving a party and later that night his coat and the money are stolen. He finds it eventually at the pawnbrokers. Light humour. (PB)
(p. 661-663)
Brother Gardner, 1883 single work prose
How a businessman is ruined by his wife's extravagance in keeping up appearances [in the form on an address to a lodge.] (PB)
(p. 663)
Poor Miss Margaret, Anonymous (fl. 1833) , 1883 single work short story romance
The tale of gentle old Miss Margaret's 'life' told the day after her funeral - really of her girlhood, her romance, the death of her lover from diptheria, and the gentle quiet sadness of the rest of her days alone. (Interesting from a general equation that a woman's life is romance). (PB)
(p. 664)
Rather Less Than More, 1883 single work prose humour
From the US, a Medford Clergyman's sermon on the number who will be 'saved' causes dispute among his flock. (PB)
(p. 664)
Grandmamma Gordon, Maurice Power , 1883 single work short story
Humorous romance. A forty year-old Englishman receives a letter from his uncle with an ultimatum that he marry the widowed grandmother on the adjoining property. He meets a beautiful woman in her thirties and despairs of having her - until he discovers she and grandmother are one. Light. (PB)
(p. 665-666)
With His Eyes Open, 1883 single work short story romance
A sisterly scheme introduces the determinedly unattached Will Blayne to the truly womanly Florence Sherman, and through studied neglect of her friend attaches his interests and affections to her. Slight romance. (PB)
(p. 667-669)
A Joke and the Turn, 1883 single work prose
Practical joke played while fishing. (Probably USA). (PB)
(p. 669)
The Brand of Cain, W. W. , 1883 single work short story
Ellen O'Slattery escapes from Melbourne gaol around 1882 after serving most of a life sentence for murdering in jealousy a friend of her's who John Boyle had laughed with. Her mad revenge causes her to seek out Boyle who is about to marry ... Strongly atmospheric, the curse of Cain etc. (PB)
(p. 670-676)
Autumn Blossoms : The Story of a Middle-Aged Man, 1883 single work short story romance
An accountant who has given up all thoughts of romance to support his widowed mother and siblings falls in love with the daughter of an old friend, left to him as ward. After severe struggles with himself and thinking her in love with his brother, her love is his. Pleasant. (PB)
(p. 676-677)
A Faithful Love, F. M. fl.1870-1880s , 1883 single work short story romance
Childhood romance in Yorkshire, where "Lioness" fetches and carries Bob's fishing lines, becomes adult love - once Bob's true identity is clarified. Light, slightly silly English romance. (PB)
(p. 678-680)
The Legend of Gorie Grange, 1883 single work short story mystery
An 'idle' young nephew is ensconced in the formerly closed up wing of his doting aunt's house - and has a dream/vision of a negro attempting to kill him in the very same room where an ancestor had been murdered. He persuades his aunts to pull the wing down and in the process discovers a secret passage, a skeleton and £40 000 in gold. Very common sense ghost tale - well told. (PB)
(p. 681-684)
Lost and Found, Mary E. Moffat , 1883 single work short story
Piously sentimental tale of an American woman visiting an English school friend who meets the local minister during a visit to a poor girl's deathbed - and discovers in him the true love she has lost through worldliness a few years earlier. Ugh! (PB)
(p. 684-685)
True Love Asserts Itself, 1883 single work short story romance
A proud woman engaged to a cynical rich man to satisfy her aunt's and her own ambitions learns true love during a seaside holiday from the man who teaches her to row and saves her life. (Fortunately, he proves to be a gentleman 'roughing it'.) (PB)
(p. 685-686)
Quits, 1883 single work short story
British commercial travellers who gathered after a hotel dinner hear a tale from an old traveller of the hard old days - or rather of a practical joke played in 1842 on another traveller. The next morning he discovers that the butt of his joke years before has his revenge. Slight; unusual subject. (PB)
(p. 687-688)
To Our Readers, 1883 single work prose
Our rise in circulation, new machinery for printing etc. Largely self-congratulatory trimph over old rivals. (PB)
(p. 693)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Includes the seventh instalment of Mrs. Harriet Lewis' 'The Double Life; or, The Hampton Mystery', pp. 653-661.
Includes the third instalment of 'Woman's Devotion', pp. 639-649.
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