The story of the Oracle [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: Published in Over the Sliprails, by Henry Lawson (1900).] The story of the Oracle “We young fellows,” said “Sympathy Joe” to Mitchell, after tea, in their first camp west the river — “and you and I are young fellows, comparatively — think we know the world. There are plenty of young chaps knocking round […]

The master’s mistake [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: Published in Over the Sliprails, by Henry Lawson (1900).] The master’s mistake William Spencer stayed away from school that hot day, and “went swimming.” The master wrote a note to William’s father, and gave it to William’s brother Joe to carry home. “You’ll give that to your father to-night, Joseph.” “Yes, sir.” Bill waited […]

Mitchell on the “sex” and other “problems” [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: Published in Over the Sliprails, by Henry Lawson (1900).] Mitchell on the “sex” and other “problems.” “I agree with ‘T’ in last week’s Bulletin,” said Mitchell, after cogitating some time over the last drop of tea in his pannikin, held at various angles, “about what they call the ‘Sex Problem.’ There’s no problem, really, […]

The selector’s daughter [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: A short story in four parts. Published in Over the Sliprails, by Henry Lawson (1900).] The selector’s daughter I. She rode slowly down the steep siding from the main road to a track in the bed of the Long Gully, the old grey horse picking his way zig-zag fashion. She was about seventeen, slight […]

Two boys at Grinder Bros.’ [short story by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: Published in Over the Sliprails, by Henry Lawson (1900).] Two boys at Grinder Bros.’ Five or six half-grown larrikins sat on the cemented sill of the big window of Grinder Bros.’ Railway Coach Factory waiting for the work bell, and one of the number was Bill Anderson — known as “Carstor Hoil” — a […]