"Everyone fetched some offering to lay at Judy's shrine for a keepsake"
Author of "The Family at Misrule," "The Little Larrikins," etc.
Illustrated by J. Macfarlane
WARD, LOCK & CO., LIMITED
LONDON, MELBOURNE AND TORONTO
TO MY READERS
My Publishers have asked me to add a preface to this sixteenth edition of my first book. What is it I should say?
Suppose you knew a child—not a well-behaved one by any means; just a rough little everyday boy with tousled hair and ungramattical tongue. And suppose this lad in some way introduced you to a wide circle of valued and delightful friends and set your feet in the path of a career that brought you, not only good fortune but many gratifications of an innocent vanity. The probabilities are that you would feel very kindly to such a youngster and would not investigate too closely his actual merits.
That, at any rate, is my attitude to "Seven Little Australians," and in reading it over I have preferred to allow some imperfections to remain, rather than to alter them, just as I should refrain from too sedulous an endeavour to correct the faults of the well-meaning tousled little person whose good offices I have imagined above.
- Chiefly Descriptive
- Fowl for Dinner
- Virtue Not Always Rewarded
- The General Sees Active Service
- "Next Monday Morning"
- The Sweetness of Sweet Sixteen
- "What Say You to Falling in Love?"
- A Catapult and a Catastrophe
- Bunty in the Light of a Hero
- The Truant
- Swish, Swish!
- Uninvited Guests
- The Squatter's Invitation
- Three Hundred Miles in the Train
- Cattle-Drafting at Yarrahappini
- The Picnic at Krangi-Bahtoo
- A Pale-Blue Hair Ribbon
- Little Judy
- When the Sun Went Down
- And Last