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I w The sequel to the story of Frank Qardtaer, the bushranger, has (acooHlng to a Melbourne journal) just been told by a Oallfornlan paper. Before his capture he had been Intimate with a young girl, fresh from England, who bore him a daughter* It. was his Intention to hare married the mother of his ohlld, bat hll trial and lengthened term of imprison rasnt prevented him from doing so. B>fore his release she died, and the first thing he did on quitting prison was to visit his "daughter and make suitable provision forhejr future welfare, bat I e leh her Id Ignorance as to his own anteaedants. He qaltted these oolonle* for San Franolioo, where he opened a saloon In Kearny street, near Broadway, whence be mored to the olty f root, his place being the reiort of . seafaring men, more especially those plying between that port and the colonies. He remained on the front until his health failed him, when he went into the interior, where he eventually crossed the unknown river. During all the time that Gardiner remained m San Franolsoo his conduct was good, and the police never onoe bad to complain of him or his saloon He was devoted to the Interests of his daushter, who m the meantime had grown to womanhood. Eventually she married a station haod m Queensland. This was about a year before her father's death. A few days prior to his passing away Gardiner entrusted a sealed paoicage to a confidential Mend, from whom he extracted a solemn promise that whenhedied that psokage should be forWafded as dirt o ted. It contained certain instructions and oaballstio macks, whioh it was thought indicated the plaoes where Gardiner and bis companions had hidden portion! of their plunder. The supposition was. strongly supported by the arrival Id San Francisoo a tow months ago of Gardiner's daughter and her husband, Edward H. Forbes, who changed thousands of Australian sovereigns, which had the appearanoe of having been out of circulation for a number of years, into Amerioan money They also disposed of quite an amonnt of 'gold bullion. Having changed their wealth into Amerloan money the couple took their departure on the overland train for New York, on their way to England, to visit Forbes' people. It Is sridahat Forbes will return to the United States and settle on a oaitle ranohe In Montana, whew be has some relations. As near m ooqld be ascertained it is almost oertatn that the principal portion of Gardiner's booty was buried on the Epgora' Greek, near where £14 000 was taken In one haul from a stage, the robbery of which oost Hall, Gilbert and Charters their lives, Gardiner being the only highwayman who esoiped.

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THE SEQUEL TO A BUSHRANGER'S STORY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2053, 2 February 1889

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THE SEQUEL TO A BUSHRANGER'S STORY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2053, 2 February 1889