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Issue Details: First known date: 1882... vol. 17 no. 200 January 1882 of The Australian Journal est. 1865 The Australian Journal
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* Contents derived from the 1882 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Lost in the Crowd, Frederick Talbot , single work short story romance
Engrossing understated romance with a touch of irony [stands out in the recent dross anyway!] An Englishman returns to London after finally making a fortune in Arizona. He determines to find and assist an old but penurious friend and his daughter. The friend has turned writer and disappeared but with the help of his publisher, Mr Blackwell, an author of romances - Hester Mullens, the British Museum and a poor printer he traces the daughter and she agrees to marry him ... She calls it all off when she discovers a cruel letter from him to her father, and only when the father is discovered as an auctioneer's clerk, having given up the cruel profession of writing, are they reconciled. She loves and marries another and the narrator is left with - Miss Mullens. Light, amusing and varied. (PB)
(p. 248-254)
The Sympathiser, W. W. , single work short story
A trooper's quarrel and a hunt for bushrangers leaves Harry Waldock to the tender mercies of a bushrangers' "sympathiser". Mark Sinclair, who had punched him, and another trooper follow him to the cave where he is recovering with the help of th emasked sympathiser. The return of the bushranger Bolt results in the sympathiser's death and unmasking - revealing 'her' to be Harry's sister and Bolt's wife ... Unusual narrative style for W. W. - interweaves two different narrative points of view. (PB)
(p. 255-260)
The Christmas Goose, From a New Point of View, Harrie W. Taylor , single work prose humour
On the kinds of Christmas geese there are; inebriation; and describing the fattening and slaughtering of one in particular. Humorous, nonsensical sketch. (PB)
(p. 261-262)
A Sleeping Heart, Anna Shields , single work short story
Margaret Osborn refuses the crippled but refined and sensitive doctor her dying father wished her to marry. Spurned on by her he goes to Germany and is healed in the invalid baths there. Two years later he returns to find Margaret knows her heart at last. Slight romance set in the USA. (PB)
(p. 262-263)
Adventure with a Zealot, S. C. , single work short story
A clergyman of an opposing denomination becomes the intended victim of a disciple of a sect which had been leading a revivial. He had become insane and the clergyman had to think quickly to escape death. Competent example of the 'narrow escape from a madman' genre. (PB)
(p. 264-265)
Five Years Ago, Albany Clarke , single work short story
A misunderstanding over a locket separates lovers for five years until a chance meeting with the heroine's brother explains all and they are reunited. Set in the English countryside; includes a brother in the British army in India as an instrument in the plot. Well written romance of separation etc. (PB)
(p. 266-268)
Ruth Raynor's Rival, Prentiss (Colonel) Ingraham , single work short story romance
Romance triumphs for a beautiful young foundling and a rich handsome naval officer despite a rival's attempts to separate them by false insinuations. The parentage of the girl is also revealed to be honourable. Slight; pleasant. (PB)
(p. 269-270)
Brother Gardner, single work prose
On the hypocrisy of praising men after they are dead and never even thanking them when they are alive. Negro wisdom. (PB)
(p. 270)
Three Visits, single work short story
Three visits to a country town reveal the three stages of a young lawyer's love for a beautiful delicate girl: worship, engagement, and abandonment for ambition. Slight, predictable. (PB)
(p. 279-280)
Horse Beef, single work prose
Anecdote revealing the powers of the imagination when a doctor is told he is eating horse meat. (PB)
(p. 280)
Stammering Stephen, Annie A. (Mrs.) Preston , single work short story
A travelling minister meets a funny boy who will only sing his speech. Taking it for insolence he grows angry until he learns that the boy has a terrible stammer. Sweet tale. (PB)
(p. 281)
1882, single work prose
On the different expectations of a new year felt by those at life's different stages, ie - youth, middle-age and elderly, and the attitudes they take to life. (PB)
(p. 282)
I Never Drink!, single work prose
Humour. A railway traveller preaches temperance until he discovers it is his own whisky he is being offered. (PB)
(p. 283)
A Christmas Plum Pudding Episode, single work prose
An attempt at English plum pudding in spoiled by gin sauce prepared by mistake. (PB)
(p. 283)
In the Canyon, single work obituary
Description of advancing up a canyon and the fatal confrontation between man and grizzly bear. Impressionistic. (PB)
(p. 285)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Includes sixth instalment of Major Alfred Rochefort's serial fiction 'A Strange Case; Or, Beaten With His Own Weapons', pp. 271-277.
Includes the fifth instalment of Marcus Clarke's serial fiction, 'His Natural Life', pp. 233-248.
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