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Queensland Cousins by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield

QUEENSLAND COUSINS

[Illustration: It was the great native chief.]

QUEENSLAND COUSINS

BY

E. L. HAVERFIELD

THOMAS NELSON AND SONS, LTD. LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND NEW YORK

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN AT THE PRESS OF THE PUBLISHERS

_CONTENTS._

_I. Home_, 9

_II. Bob_, 22

_III. The Barefoot Visitor_, 39

_IV. A Night of Terror_, 49

_V. The First Shot_, 60

_VI. Bob's Verdict_, 69

_VII. Peter's Nightmare_, 80

_VIII. The Witch_, 91

_IX. A Riderless Horse_, 102

_X. A Voice from the Scrub_, 114

_XI. Black-fellows_, 124

_XII. The Secret of the Thicket_, 136

_XIII. A Great Surprise_, 148

_XIV. A Moonlight Disturbance_, 158

_XV. Who is in the Boat?_ 168

_XVI. What the Tide brought in_, 177

_XVII. Mother's Home_, 188

_XVIII. Peter makes a Diversion_, 201

_XIX. The Last Straw_, 212

_XX. Breaking the News_, 225

QUEENSLAND COUSINS.

CHAPTER I.

HOME.

"It has come, it has come, it has come! Oh, do be quick, father!"

The cry rang out lustily from three young voices, three eager heads were thrust over the veranda railings. Below, on horseback, was a big, brown-haired, brown-bearded man, who looked up from under his soft slouch hat with a laugh, and exclaimed,--

"What has come, you outrageously noisy youngsters? One would think I had a family of dingoes, to hear you."

Then another head appeared over the railings--a gentle-faced, fair-haired woman looked down.

"It is the parcel from home, Jack," she said. "Hadji brought it up an hour ago."

"Yes, yes, father; it is the parcel from England at last, and mother wouldn't open it till you came, so we have been waiting a whole hour--the longest hour I have ever lived."

Nesta Orban, to whom one of the first heads over the railing belonged, shook back her masses of fair, fluffy hair with an impatient little toss.

"Stuff, Nesta; you always say that," exclaimed Eustace, her twin of fourteen. "You said it yesterday coming through the scrub because you were tired; and the day before when mother made you sew for an hour instead of reading; and the day before--"


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