Landlopers: The Tale of a Drifting Travel, and the Quest of Pardon and Peace John Le Gay Brereton

ISBN: 9781494758004

Published: December 21st 2013

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114 pages


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Landlopers: The Tale of a Drifting Travel, and the Quest of Pardon and Peace  by  John Le Gay Brereton

Landlopers: The Tale of a Drifting Travel, and the Quest of Pardon and Peace by John Le Gay Brereton
December 21st 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 114 pages | ISBN: 9781494758004 | 7.31 Mb

If it be fair to take ones impressions from English books and papers, I am surely justified in supposing that the average British tramp is a despicable loafer or an abandoned ruffian. The Australian travler is on a different footing. Ragged prowlers do not hide behind Australian barns and watch for unprotected females to insult or blue-eyed babes to kidnap. Our girls can usually look after themselves, and our infants are saleable only at starvation prices. And yet the country is full of moneyless men who pad the hoof from place to place, and drift backward and forward, always begging, occasionally stealing, seldom finding rest, and in some cases quite undesirous of a more settled fortune or a less precarious mode of existence.

These men belong to the vast army of The Unemployed. When a poor tradesman or labourer is out of work, he must move on or starve on the spot. He therefore rolls up his bluey and starts off, billy in hand, on the wallaby track in search of a job. But countless others are engaged in the same quest, and jobs are scarce. Some wanderers are eventually enthralled by the irresistible charm of nomadic idleness, and are unable to return to a definite and cabined way of life.



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