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Only literary material by Australian authors individually indexed.
Other material in this issue includes:
First Page Picture: 'A Famous Picture of the Madonna' by Italian painter Andrea Del Sarto (1487-1531), .
Poetry: 'Christmastide', a selection of English verse from Hamlet by William Shakespeare (q.v.), On the Morning of Christ's Nativity by John Milton (q.v.), and 'Ring Out Wild Bells' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (q.v.), 178-179; 'Under the Snow : A Christmas Ballad' by American clergyman Robert Collyer (1823-1912), with illus. 'Straight to the Drift Where Her Lover Lay', 183-184; 'Harvest Hymn' by Matthias Claudius (1740-1815), trans. from German to English by Jane M. Campbell (1817-1878), with illus. 'The Golden Grain', 189-190.
Fiction: 'A Christmas Episode in Boston' by American writer Mrs. M. A. Lane, adapted from orig. published in The Youth's Companion, with illus. 'Trinity Church, Boston' and 'The New State House, Boston', 185-189.
Prose: 'Keeping Christmas' by American clergyman and author Dr. Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), 179-180; 'Manners Makyth Man' from A Primer of English Citizenship by English author Frederic Swann [sp. 'Swain', here], with illus. 'The Property of the People : Scene in the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne', 190-192; 'On a Short Journey' by American Presbyterian minister and writer J. R. Miller 1840-1912), 192.
Preceding or following each piece is a short glossary of the longer words contained therein, as well as notes about people and places mentioned.
* Contents derived from the 1913 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Giles describes the environment at Fort Mueller and the events of Christmas Day, 1873. The camp suffers an attack by 'a pack of fiends in human form and of aboriginal appearance'. Whilst acknowledging that his group of 'white-faced wretches' have deprived the indigenous people of food and land, Giles supports the firing of rifles in self-defence. Following the battle, The explorers enjoy a Christmas dinner of wallaby chops, damper and tea (having eaten their Christmas pudding two days earlier).
Note: With portrait of Ernest Giles and illus. from Giles's Australia Twice Traversed: 'The Party Attacked by Aboriginals at Fort Mueller'.