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Chapter NumberV
Chapter TitleNINA LOST
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39604438
Full Date1895-03-23
Page Number3
Corrections0
Word Count553
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Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleLaunceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)
Trove TitleFarmer Mack
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FICTION. FARMER MACK, Written for the Examiner and Tasmanian. ro fBY ADELINE J. WIIITFELD. at of Author of 'My Lady,' ' Madge,' ' Re,' st eta. at m CIHAPTER V.-NINA LOST. do -Contenued. fo Nina said nothing at first, only fir stared, but at last, in answer to Mr se Melrose's enquiries, said she was cold nc and wanted ' Muddy.' He lifted her into his arms, and she nestled there br and presently fell asleep again. They G rode back on Darkie more slowly than an they had come, and every now and of then uttered long cooees and called ke ' found !'at the top of their Voices to the se other searchers. Presently Dickson dismounted, and Mr Melrose rode on pa alone with his precious burden, and then the boy cooeed till others took it up and passed it on, and then before hi long everyone knew that the child was win found, and then the rejoicing was great, and with one accord the weary but gladdened party turned towards g° home. When they reached there I Dickson found that he was a person of i great importance, being plied with questions until the boy, who was fairly d° worn out, grew tired of answering. ur As for Nina, she fell asleep directly she had taken a little nourishment, co and did not rouse till quite late that a evening, and then seem disinclined to fo do more than hug her mother, and or murmur ' Good Dickson; good boy. fo Me likes Dickson! Nice Dickson.' m Afterwards she said the bush was st ' nasty,' and the ' 'possums 'frightened wl her 'larfin" up in the trees. When hi questioned as to whether she had not si been very hungry, she replied that she Ti had, but the ' big dark ' was the worst, ar and the scuttling in the bushes. The w log, too, was so hard, and the grass tl and the sticks pricked her poor lii feet. However, in a few days Nina w was none the worse for her adventure, w save for the risk she ran of being spoiled by being made too much of. w About that time Mr Melrose caught hi Dickson regarding him rather wist- st fully, and instantly the latter divined ra what was passing in the boy's mind. ol He went over to him and placed his tl hand in kindly fashion on the boy's 1I head. rf 'I thought there was real grit in it you, Dickson,' he said,' and now I am In sure of it.' t( Dickson said nothing, but he had to o stare very hard at his boots for some r moments before he could feel sure tl that his eyes ' wouldn't go and play N him some stupid trick or other.' ti ' Eh, dear,' said Farmer Mack, look- si at Mr Pickara's hands, ' I reckon tl you've taken some of the polish off r 'em, skippin' round after Nina, sir. k r White hands an' black logs don't mate a a well, do 'em,' . ' Well, I must back the ole gray b e mar' and be off amornin',' he said that q night to his son-in-law; ' I'm thinkin' ii about that Ayrshire cow o' mine. ii