Adelaide Sport in Adelaide, South-Australia 4 Apr 1924
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Adelaide Sport (Newspaper) - April 4, 1924, Adelaide, South Australia
National Library of Australia of a an intensely human document copyright by Melbourne press Agency furlongs rooms Royal Arcade Melbourne. Introducing the Deadbeat i was born in Sydney in 1889. My father was a prosperous business Man who when i was eight years , decided to launch a Branch of his extensive business in Ireland my. Paternal Grandfather Birthplace. So my parents together with my two el.4er j and myself Saied for Ireland in 1897. My father s brother and partner remained in charge of the business in Sydney. Father was very successful in Ireland also and by Brothers and self received a first class education. Then my. Uncle in Sydney died and the Sydney business was sold. Within a Yar 1902 my father died and my Mother disposed of who. Tovish interests. Leaving College at 18, it was arranged that i should become an accountant for which profession i had Long studied. And so at 22 years of age a found myself holding. One third interest in a big Dublin film of chartered accountants i a other had by his will a Cna socially reserved sum for such a purpose to be used at the Jage stated22, or within two Yei War reaching that age. An uneventful three years passed. Then came the War in 1914, during which i served three years to. Being on a Tive service. To Evward finished i again settled Down in. My profession my income they from despite the fact that i Tiad been drinking like a fool for info a amounting to about �1700 Pei annul mistake. Keif be of Elul Day in 1921. Whilst Semi intoxicated i made my big mistake for which i received Well merited sentence of eighteen months hard labor. Being Only human i wished to escape punish fent if possible and to that end spent Money freely on leading counsel to defend me in jul Ria id subsequent Appeal. Owing -.,to those heavy expenses Afi Stefes Aya Gant manner in we Rytti Hac always lived i found myself upon my release from gaol with exactly eighty pounds in my Possession. During Ray imprisonment my partnership had been sold by court and my own consent is Tiffy to some extent Why clamouring creditors. By strict rights i should not have owned a Penny piece Orriny. Release. Thus in disgrace i decided to Sydney where my Happy boyhood was partly spent called me Back and i booked my passage to that port. Big Gosf Faim fill friends. No the it he quite unexpected and totally undeserved Gener a iter a in Ireland i a convicted forger a gaol Bird was enabled to land at Sydney my Home port with close on eighty pounds in Cash in addition to a Good personal outfit. Alternately i sought work at my own profession and drank like a big Goat with due apologies to All real decent goats to excess. I avoided old. Boyhood friends and lived under an assumed name. I did obtain a minor situation with a Well known Sydney firm of accountants but managed to booze myself out of it inside a fortnight. That seemed to Settle me. Appropriately enough i arrived in Australia on april the first. Within two months of my arrival was Short of ready Cash for the first time in my misspent life. A most unpleasant predicament. Raising the wind. To get the Means of existence and the i ice of or intr i commenced to Pawn my outfit clothing watch and ring Etc. The proceeds kept me in Royal style for a week and i was Well dressed. Next i disposed of the Pawn tickets to an old do Manj receiving �3 for the lot. I still had a Hope of evading utter indigence namely by getting a Job of any kind. Keeping sober i tried for two solid Days to. Get work in my own profession Atter is Jarig seventeen firing. I was still without a Job. I determined to try no More. I drank until i was again. Out of Cash. And. Niy big Thea me Iliad discovered Ner my. Bed for which a rights rent on the largest Spur lower i could get for the Money. . V my up Tea git me. I was broke and therefore no anybody. So i decided to think it Over in Kyde Park i regret a nothing for i had c the tune and i o twi of i Fairplay pay the Piper. Sitting there i thought of a journalist to Send in Timin who amongst Bise. Jed impersonate d e of his paper in order to obtain and color for an article 6 n7that mysterious Region the. Why should t i do the same thing even though from sheer necessity ii Aana yes it inight mean a few pounds " ,. " the idea appealed to me and i resolved to keep a diary of my experiences As a Denizen of stiff Dom. I did so and the Story in the following pages is founded on the entries therein. I have at All times kept to thes Niple truth therefore if at times my experiences appear improbable refine tuber that Riith is often \ 7 Sti anger. Than fiction. The diary is reproduced exactly As i wrote it with additional explanatory matter to ensure making my experience comprehensible to those fortunate readers who have never existed in stiff Dom. The diary june 1923. I m thirty four today. Broke to the wide world. Am sitting in Hyde Park Sydney wondering where my next feed is coming from. Quite a number of other men Are sitting around me seem to fee in an even worse plight than i am by their appearance. My appearance is still decent but what a mess i be made of things from seventeen Hundred a year to Tifis a Well better men than myself have been bigger fools have just searched my disorderly pockets and found the following priceless possessions a tray bit a piece of string two crashed cigarettes handkerchief Pis Eti Bogk and stubby Pencil and most important discovery of All a pair of solid Silver cuff links i had Given up for lost. Also a tract. The links i sold to a jew for half a Crown. The tract i gave to a Small boy. Had three neat whiskies and a Cigar. If i am to go Down i May As Well do so with All flags flying. Down and out. Now i m done like a dutch dinner.". Later no Luck. Getting hungrier. No Prospect of getting bed Money. Casual stranger Well dressed paid for drinks three and said he was sorry to hear of my position but did not offer practical assistance. 11 . Out for the night hungrier than Ever. June 3.walked about throughout last night excepting for dozing on Park seats occasionally. Was interrogated by five different policemen and tvo " tech my answers satisfied them. They advise me to go to the Bush j Felt like telling them to go to hell. I wanted rest and food not cheap advice. I would work afterwards. Nothing up to noon except a cigarette and one or two ends i quietly found which took my mind Back to my imprisonment. During the afternoon As i was strolling about the City a somewhat intoxicated Man asked me to direct him. I did so and he invited me to drink with him. Tried to explain that i would rather have the Money to buy food with. He immediately left me. Made a determination to refuse nothing in future. A Little Luck. Prospects look Black must get touch with someone who knows the ropes. Five . Found a shilling whilst crossing Castlereagh Street. Bolted for nearest shilling restaurant. Had Good meal and Felt better. Despite contrary Resolution i tried several places for employment. Nothing. Doing. Looks like another night out. Do not fancy caging for the Price of Ruy bed. Eleven . I m out again All right. Tried to lie Down in Domain but too cold. Walked about principal streets and Parks. Saw same officers As last night excepting the " got better advice and More sympathy this time. Two of them gave me sixpence whilst one of them told me of the free night Refuge and soup Kitchen in Kent Street. Will be glad when morning comes. Streets practically deserted. No night life apparent enter Jimmy Martley. June 4.discovered a place where passable breakfast is obtainable for nine Pence. Leave me threepence out of the constables two sixpence. A shrewd but shabby looking. Man sat. At Jitu table. We talked. I told him of position. Replied that he d Queen broke hundreds of times i asked if he knew a wheeze to earn a pc raise miney. Replied. That b knew half " a dozen but a Pound or so capital was needed. That seemed reasonable enough. I offered to try and raise a Pound somehow with him. He then told me that he was a civil Engineer Down through drinking too much hesitatingly mentioned that As my suit boots and hat were excellent i would have no difficulty in getting relievers and at least three pounds to Boot. Consider ii a that the goods in question had Cost me just Over Twenty pounds four months ago three pounds did t seem much. And yet it was a. Small Fortune. Relievers i should explain is the terms Given to clothing Etc., Given in Exchange by a secondhand dealer in addition to Money for clothing and so Forth from the very body of the unfortunate seller. Decided to sell my suit for Cash and relievers but to keep my hat and boots. My civil Engineer Friend Martley was his assumed name piloted me to a decrepit looking second hand shop. After much haggling i managed with Martley s expert assistance to get two pounds and some awful rags by Way of was disappointed but the foolish step had been taken. Business and booze. Martley s Money making scheme or rather one of them was to Trade in toilet requisites by peddling them from door to door. Decided to talk the matter Over in a nearby bar both however resolving to keep sober have made most of to Day s entries in this bar much to the amusement of Martley. Martley is 38, and 5ft. 9in. In height and weighs about 11 Stone about the same As myself excepting As to age he being two years my senior. Martley is a very interesting talker. I. Think Well be Good friends. Certain other entries follow but i can Only decipher the words Martley and drunk. No wonder june 5, and self woke up in a six Penny Doss House with four Pence Between us. Hardly remember going to bed last night. Nothing unusual in that for me we tossed up As to which of us had the reviver. Martley winning both feeling awful. Moral Don t discuss business too Long in a pub when your capital is limited Martley successfully taps a flourishing consulting Engineer for five Bob which is. Speedily spent in the usual Way. Looked at myself in a Stiop front Mirror. What a scare Crow Martley looks even worse. Despite Martley s. Protestations i sold my boots hat and singlet for ten shillings land to sundry hotels in one of which my Friend is insulted and assaulted but gives a Good account of himself. Note for Reader these notes were generally written in the Early morning of the Day after they t occurred Feroze and bugs. Shortly after , Mart Ley met an old Friend from Singapore who filled us and himself up to the nose. Before leaving he slipped Martley two pounds together with his written Melbourne address telling us to Call upon him the next Day ,. We Laid in a Small Stock for the eight and paid one shilling each for our b e is Only two in the room. ,6it-Ma? Tley and j spent a very unpleasant night last nights. Biggs sed regretted not haying Laid in a bigger Stock of liquor. Both arose with a dark Brown taste on our tongues. Martley has. Thirty two and tuppence left scramble out for revives whisky Lime and soda. Martley has lost his. Singapore Friend s address. In the booze Gaiti though we. No to. Launch out in Way of business. Martley Tan drink All right. No Messing about with him. Re. Something smaller we it go broke to Day ail. Viollt once plenty in e the. Same Boal Slus though. We meet the Stu in Eye Ify Jar. Can t get a trunk to Day somehow.? Martley just found two Shi Ilir n our Seah guesses our position and gives Lis two Bob each without being asked before leaving. Most generous of him. Shall Long remember his Kiridly action. To. The salvation army. Six Penny Doss House in Kent Street Bot foot. Secure the last two. Beds. Cheered of hang half a Crown we spent sixpence in cigarettes for. The morning. To Kip written sitting on the Edge of my dormitory bed what a Medley of human Odds and ends poverty indeed makes strange bed Fellows. Martley is snoring abominably. I squeeze his nose to Stop him. He is no Novice at either snoring or swearing. Will try to sleep perchance to dream of Palmier Days. Mid sunken ships be Neath life s sea. June 7.must write few More notes about the Doss House. Many Cranks sleep there. One came to me As i Lay awake at 3 . And requested a. Match. Fixed him up. Then he invited me to have a drink by Way of a livened. Produced a Large Mineral water bottle half full from under his bed and handed it to me. The odor of its contents sufficed me to decline has kindly ? offer. Had heard of the beverage but never saw it imbibed. It was methylated spirits with lemona3e"a33ej. Naturally declined to drink. Pfc reached that stage yet Martley informs me that after a few weeks constant use of the loathsome dope its wretched victims Are either three parts mad and half Blind or dead. Terrible another couple of Cranks were babbling upon racing and Rae Rig systems until one . Then a Burly fellow went Over to them and bluntly told them to shut up under awful pains and pc Baltres. My word. His flow of language made Martley sound like a Clunis Novice " of Many types. There were about one in snared Beds on the Large floor of the dormitory we slept in. Must be Over tire hundreds dabs Beds building altogether. Martley who s More experienced than i in Toliese matters tells me that the wretched Habi tues of them Are of Many professions and some of none. Roughly the dossiers Are recruited from the following types and classes of humanity men temporarily Down on their Luck through sickness unemployment or both ditto through booze. Mariy cas6s ""6� the latter. Immigrants who landed ath insufficient capita and who failed to secure. Immediate employment. Broken Down professional men doctors Chen lists and the like excessive the cause of their downfall in most instances drug or dope for others. Men without Ami bit Ion Content to frugally exist by Means of Odd jobs or who Nia a a Cheque in the Bush and then spend months in eating and sleeping it out. Freelance or casual journalists mostly drinkers Aitto of average ability who exist on Tho crumbs thrown to Thein for paragraphs articles Etc they Are Lucky enough to get grudgingly accepted by various so a failed great dailies weeklies. Martley did casual Jour Alistick work until he j got disgusted at the treatment he recent feed from Many newspaper offices. Broken Down actors who May never get another show have tiers and battlers of All descriptions cripples and aged men unable or too old for work and 3irm j weary willies Are some of the. Types who Roost in the sixpenny"dabs",.at the Salvo salvation Ann workmen s Home. Breakfast from tuppence to Pence. tuppence one gete.,, piece of bread and Marg armed acid what a Motley crowd my masters. To be continued
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