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This one ended happily, with the man yarding the herd. While McGrath is gloating over the captured horses, Jim asks Jane if she will run away again since her father's attention is distracted.
come, my girl?" "I will, you bet;
"Rough but humorous," Archibald wrote on the margin. But Bulletin readers were delighted. The Banjo quickly became one of the paper's most popular contributors.
His next effort was a serious poem. Richard Bennison, a 14-year-old jockey, had been killed in a fall in Melbourne. The newspaper story about the accident said, "The horse is luckily uninjured," which spurred The Banjo to a fierce denunciation he did not carry off very well.
In the Christmas issue of 1888 Paterson published Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve, a 200-line poem in 25 stanzas, the first in a series of bush ballads that made him the most popular Australian poet of all time. The setting was the President's Cup, the derby of the outback. Three miles in three heats.
Harrison and Jimmy, the owners of Pardon, have put every cent they can raise on their horse. The night before the race their enemies drop green barley into Pardon's stall.
He munched it all
night and we found him
We saw we were
done like a dinner—
In the first heat Pardon "rolled and he weltered and wallowed. You'd kick your hat faster." The stewards accused the owners of foul play. They were the objects of mirth and derision. In the second heat Pardon seemed hopelessly out of it, 10 lengths back, but his sickness was passing.
A shimmer of silks
in the cedars