A Lady's Visit To The Gold Diggings Of Australia In 1852-53 By Mrs Charles (Ellen) Clacy

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the other four, though pretty tired with the days labour, lent a
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Frank And The Other Four, Though Pretty Tired With The Days Labour, Lent A Helping Hand, The United Efforts Of

Nine speedily accomplished this business, after which an immense quantity of cold mutton, damper, and tea made a rapid disappearance,

Almost emptying my larder, which, by the bye, was an old tea-chest.

We asked our friends their motive for leaving the old spot, and they declared they could stand the "amiable female" no longer; she grew worse and worse. "Her tongue was sich" observed the Scotchman, "as wad drive ony puir beastie wild." She had regularly quarrelled with the two doctors because they would not give her a written certificate, that the state of her health required the constant use of spirits. She offered them two guineas for it, which they indignantly refused, and she then declared her intention of injuring their pracitce as much as possible, which she had power to do, as her tent was of an evening quite the centre of attraction and her influence proportionably great. Pity 'tis that such a woman should be able to mar or make the fortunes of her fellow creatures.

TUESDAY, 28. - The holes commenced yeserday were duly "bottomed," but no nice pocket-full of gold was the result; our shipmates, however, met with better success, having found three small nuggets weighing two to four ounces each at a depth of not quite five feet from the surface.

WEDNESDAY, 29. - To-day was spent in puddling and cradling.

Puddling is on the same principle as tin-dish-washing, only on a much larger scale.

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