While the Billy Boils

While the Billy Boils frontispiece

'They would talk of some old lead.'

While the Billy Boils



Author of When the World Was Wide, and Other Verses; Joe Wilson and His Mates; On the Track and Over the Sliprails; Verses, Popular and Humorous; When I Was King, and Other Verses; Children of the Bush; etc.




Printed by

Marchant & Co., Ltd., Sydney


Angus & Robertson Limited.

London: The Oxford University Press,

Amen Corner, E.C.


In the absence of the author, who is now resident in Western Australia, it devolves upon us to make the customary acknowledgments to the various journals from which these stories are reprinted. Most of them first appeared in the Sydney Bulletin, a number of them in the Sydney Worker, and others in the New Zealand Mail, the New Zealand Times, Sydney Truth, the Brisbane Boomerang, the Maryborough Patriot, and The Antipodean, while two are now published for the first time.

We might rightly be deemed ungrateful did we not take this opportunity of thanking the Press of Australia and New Zealand for the aid they have given us in our effort to publish here, and in a presentable form, the works of some of our living writers. Especially are our thanks due to the proprietors of the Sydney Bulletin who have in many ways assisted us.


Sydney, 14th August, 1896.

Table of Contents

An Old Mate of Your Father's

Settling on the Land

Enter Mitchell

Stiffner and Jim (Thirdly, Bill)

When the Sun Went Down

The Man Who Forgot


A Camp-Fire Yarn

His Country—After All

A Day on a Selection

That There Dog o' Mine

Going Blind

Arvie Aspinall's Alarm Clock


On the Edge of a Plain

In a Dry Season

He'd Come Back

Another of Mitchell's Plans for the Future


Drifted Back


Mitchell Doesn't Believe in the Sack

Shooting the Moon

His Father's Mate

An Echo from the Old Bark School

The Shearing of the Cook's Dog

Dossing out and Camping

Across the Straits

The Drover's Wife

Steelman's Pupil

An Unfinished Love Story

Board and Residence

Some Day

A Visit of Condolence

In a Wet Season


Mitchell: A Character Sketch

The Bush Undertaker

Our Pipes

Coming Across—A Study In The Steerage

The Story of Malachi

Two Dogs and a Fence

Jones's Alley

Brummy Usen

Bogg of Geebung

She Wouldn't Speak

The Geological Spieler

Macquarie's Mate

Baldy Thompson

For Auld Lang Syne

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