The Excitable Man.
" Aulus'" contribution m the last number of the "Australasian" to hand contains the following:—There are numerous stories of lucky accidents which have led to the discovery of gold. In the north-west of Western Australia a find was made very simply. A boy took up a stone to throw at a crow, and found that it was a lump of quartz containing gold. The Resident Magistrate, who was of a i fussy excitable temperament, as soon as lie heard of this occurrence, rushed post haste to the telegraph office, called out "Quick, a telegram form, important message for Government," and dashed off his despatch at once for the Colonial Secretary. An hour afterwards he received the reply. He opened it with a gratified smile, knowing that it would contain the Minister's thanks for his zeal m sending the good news so promptly. To his horror he read as follows :—"The Colonial Secretary totheß.M., Blankville, —You don't say so ! What became of the crow ?" He rushed back to the telegraph office more frantically than before, and asked for a "repeat." He got it, and found that his official despatch read as follows:—r" A boy picked up a stone to throw at a crow." In his flurry he had left out all about the gold.
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The Excitable Man., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890
The Excitable Man. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890
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