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Adelaide Sport (Newspaper) - May 02, 1924, Adelaide, South AustraliaNational Library of Australia the diary of a Deadbeat an intensely human document copyright by Melbourne press Agency furlongs rooms Royal Arcade Melbourne continued from last week my Good Samaritan. It is not that the majority of poor Folk would turn a Man Down or most fellow battlers for that matter either but simply because it in t done for obvious reasons. I remember an instance in Point. Some time after Hartley and i drifted apart i took to the Road alone. On the Road to Bathurst new South Wales one afternoon it threatened to rain heavily. My Tucker bag was quite empty and i wanted some sort of shelter for the threatening wet night. A Large House came in sight. I determined to hit it up apply for an Odd Job in order to earn a bit of Scran food and a hut or shed to Doss sleep in. So leaving my swag at the Gate armed with my Tucker bag i walked up the Long drive. Presently 1 saw a Young Man i la Call him a Man for literary convenience coming Down the drive. He swaggered Down attired in Flash Riding kit. We met. I would have passed on to the House but he stopped. So did i. He spoke emphatically thus if you re after Tucker you be hit the wrong ranch. Get out of these grounds my offer to earn anything that he saw fit to give me Enid not soft j in him. J. Saying thank the lord you re an australian for he Obi " Busty was not by his speech and bearing addressed a few other Well chosen remarks to his nibs of a distinctly uncomplimentary character and returned to pick up my swag. I have since Learnt that my experience happens very rarely to a swagman. Picking up my swag i hit the Road again meditating on the fact that a couple of Short years ago or so i was the equal socially at any rate of or. Snob prig. About a Quarter of a mile along tace Road i came to a Little cottage at which i resolved not to ask for anything. An elderly woman bras pottering about the Little front Garden and an idea struck me. Going up to the tiny Gate i raised my shabby hat and asked her do you know of any old hut or Cave around Here that i could Camp in to night Madam she came to the Gate and carefully explained the exact whereabouts of a disused Shepherd s hut. I noticed that her hands were toil worn and that her kindly face was deeply scored with careworn lines. I was about to depart for the hut when she said have you any food an Tea an sugar i told her that i had not but intended to get some at the first store. She smiled a wan knowing pitying smile and said ill get you some if you la drop your swag for a i wanted to refuse but i could not resist the kindly offer. So i waited. In five minutes she returned with a fair sized parcel saying " Here it Ain t much so excuse that won t you mister. Yer see i m Only an old age pensioner. Had two sons bigger n you. Married an went to the War. Both. Gallipoli sigh. Good Bye an god bless yer Laddie. You Rev Elcome. and that s the difference Between a so called gentleman and a real gentlewoman natural variety. So much by Way of interlude in s Well remembered happening. To return to our adventures. On the Road to anywhere. We. Sold our smudges As we walked along taking turns at it. Our idea is to get Ordinary work. We took eleven shillings Between us during the Day and did not have a single drink. Our Camp is just off the Road in capstone Hill. The surroundings Are Ideal. Good water is close Handy and we have got a Nice fire going. I m Wood and water Joey Martley is Cook. He Calls me his offside. Martley fancies himself As a Cook. Anyhow he is Liot too bad. Although i Hope we soon get work i think that this life will suit me. Martley tells me that Ella was quite pleased to hear that we were giving the City life Best. Be saw her just before we set off together with her artist Friend who of course agreed with her. We promised to write to them and let them know our Progress. Everything is peaceful Here. After the remainder of our smudges Are sold we Are just going to tramp on until work in found. Both very tired to night but As my mate says Well be fresh in the morning and not suffering a recovery. Both of us Are going to make a big try to keep off the booze until at any rate we can afford it. Later. It looks like rain but i Hope it holds off for there is no shelter Handy. We 1 swapped yarns of other Days. Martley has been Over the mountains twice before and thinks Well soon get a Job of a me kind or other. The Stais Are out the Rno poke is calling some nocturnal ground animal scurries by and the Creek babies on. Everything is peaceful. We undo our swags and utilise our five bags a piece As follows each Man in two of them cuts a Hole for his head to 1 go through and two Arm holes. Then after taking off his coat craps them on like a sweater. The other two Are 3 Eft intact for the feet. The remaining one is used is a ground Sheet. Boots and coat3 for pillows. Replenished the fire and went to sleep. June 17.had a Good night s rest. Up with the Sun. Breakfast Over we Roll up our bag swags and tramp on. Our breakfast was sausages and tomatoes Toast and Strong Billy Tea fit for j a King we Are visited. Determine not to bother about Selling any More smudges until our Cash is exhausted. Did about 14 Miles to Day Ana camped. Made several inquiries for work but got none. Another Good Camp to night. Both beginning to feel fit. Tee total again to Day. Marvellous for us an old Waggie is camped about 200 Yards Anavi came Over to us bringing an offering of onions had a yarn to us for an hour or so. Been of the Road All his life. Very interesting conversationalist. Sunday to Morrow. We won t travel but rest and Wash our clothes. Sunday june 18.washed our clothes and loaded about. Martley excelled himself As a Cook today making a Plum Duff and some scones. We invited the old Man to dinner but he did t care to come. Afterwards he came along and gave us some useful tips in swag ology. Very fortunate in having Fine sunny weather. We will be fresh and rested by to Morrow morning. We have both written a few lines to the girls we left behind us and expect replies at Katoomba from which place we Are about 26 Miles Distant. We will have to sell the remaining few pairs of smudges tomorrow for funds Are very Low Only four Pence left. Anyhow it will be a new experience to be broke on the open Road. Hartley is Ever laying plans As to the future. I relieve he is going to try and beat the game and make Good. I intend to have a Good try myself. The hand to Mouth existence i-3 no Good. Well a final smoke by the glowing fire and then to sleep under the Star spangled sky. Sold out if 6, june 19.a Dull morning. Got up Early and partook of a frugal breakfast. Took to the Road by eight o clock. Martley sold remaining pictures to a Small general store for three shillings which we carefully invested in food and tobacco. It is really Sui prising How much you can buy if one goes the right Way about it with a few shillings. After Martley s expert deals Vith the Butcher Baker and storekeeper our Tucker nose bags were quite heavy with bread meat four and vegetables also we have tobacco Ana five Pence left. Left the Road and struck into the Bush a Hundred Yards or so where after lighting a Small lire Martley Billup a rare feed. Then once More on the Road to anywhere. Tramped steadily on until four o clock. Rugged country with occasional houses along the Roadside Between towns. Met a Man on a bicycle who informed us that we might obtain work on a gentleman s estate which was being licked into shape four Miles through Bush from the Road. Decided to Camp within a mile of the place for the night. Turned off into the Bush according to his directions. Must have walked three Miles through thin Patchy scrub. Still no sign of a House. Nearly dark. Looked like rain which it did. We were caught in a violent storm and soon drenched. Obviously no Hope of making a fire or getting sound shelter. A primitive struggle. Storm raged on. We held & Council of War. Both agreed not to ask for shelter but to find it. Kept our eyes open for a Cave but both agreed that it would be better to hit the railway line where we could find scattered Coal to make a fire with together with the possibility of a Fettler s hut for shelter. We blundered Back to the Road More by Luck than judgment and when near the railway line we struck a Small Bridge Over a now rapidly running Stream. It was still raining hard. Underneath the Bridge did not seem very inviting for the rain was obviously beating in under the narrow Struc 1 Ture. Drenched to the skin and somewhat exhausted we investigated conditions underneath. There Vas a narrow strip of dry ground and what Luck in a recess we found a Quantity of Bushman s feathers dried gum leave Sand. Of course a Quantity of Sticks and twigs. We had dumped our wet Levavy swags and Tucker bags and now determined to go and gather Coal on the railway line. Taking a couple of empty bags we set out. It was pitch dark and still teeming Down. We were making a primitive fight for creature comforts. Reaching the line we commenced the slow laborious task of searching for and bagging the Coal. To be continued Empire theatre Grote Street. First with the Best. Pictures from be Ming theatres. Changes three times weekly. Monday wednesday sat Ebay see further announcements. Adjacent Victoria Park racecourse. _ general havel0ck hotel Hutt Street Adelaide. Bob Scott proprietor late Tumby Bav. T h e House of All spor7s. Good accommodation and table. Wines spirits and ales All True to Label. Phone Central 2605. Kent Bote late National hotel Pine st Corner Church and Cameron streets port Adelaide wines and spirits genuine Cool Beer served quickly and with civility. Sports always Welcome. Phone port 2528. ? Sti is Etiopi la livery suit qual or style and Pis v it to a latest bks Fafel. By Ife Ferfel from All pacts of a order Ftp p. Mccabe & son a Clua t0ar�, 107 Glt Ragma Olp. Trip atm a Tab. To bpm 1919 be Tsal w 1 4 a Royal Exchange hotel Kadzha. . Splendid accommodation. First class Tate Lawrence and Turner proprietors. Pure virginian Leaf. 27 � medium round 25 s ovals 20 a Large round. Plain Gold or Cork tipped. Every attention paid to customers requirements. Under new management. � Riverton hotel Riverton Percy r. Brimage proprietor. Late Glanville and Portland hotels. Good accommodation. T

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