By Arthur UPFIELD
Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is termed to the drought-stricken outback for this, his most modern case. At a desolate sheep station males were savagely crushed to demise and it really is Bony's activity to make an arrest. this is not a simple case, considering the fact that clues are scarce during this sun-baked, sand-blown state, yet Bony's figuring out of the bush and the folks who stay there - either black and white - leads him inexorably to the killer...
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Brandt seen his tracks, crept into the house, found the stranger going through your mother’s Treasure Chest, fought him in the kitchen, chased him to the machinery shed, hit him with a blunt instrument. Feller dies with a lock of hair in his fist. Brandt panics. Packs up and clears out. Forgets to replace the watch, but not to put the chest back under the bed. Has the watch in his pocket, or he could have put it somewhere where it’ll be found eventually. ” pressed Eric. “Feller wouldn’t travel without a swag.
Don’t seem to be any,” replied John. “Robin says there’s nothing let out on the air about it, anyway. Fort Deakin is sending away the last of its breeding ewes and its rams. Going on agistment to a place on the Darling Downs. The horses went last week, and the Pointers will have only two milking cows left at L’Albert. ” “Not the only one to be worried about the future. ” Old John chuckled. “Been a fight in the abos’ camp. Must have been. Fred Tonto turned up at L’Albert looking like he’s passed through a mincing machine.
Well, we’ll know more when we collar Brandt. Meanwhile, John, look around and let me have news of anything you find, such as that watch and the missing hank of hair and the cards, and the feller’s swag. We’re pretty well finished here, for the time being, that is. ” Shortly after midday John Downer called his guests for lunch, and, having served them, he took a dish of hot curry and rice and slabs of bread and jam to the three aborigines. At one o’clock Mawby departed with Sefton and his tracker, and the doctor with the photographer joined Midnight Long on the seat of the utility, while the two L’Albert station aborigines climbed into the tray-body.