A Brave Fellow.
The Charters Towers correspondent of the ‘ Sydney Morning Herald ’ writes as follows :
I have heard many tales of bravery in my travels up here. On the Cairns-Herberton Railway I was told of two men who, at the risk of their lives, saved a wounded fellowworkman from being blown up by dynamite. This is the scene: Three men have arranged for a blast of dynamite. Two men walk away while one lights the fuse. The fuse being lit, the navvy throws the lighted match aside. It falls in a keg of gunpowder, and he is blown up. He falls lacerated and burnt just across the hole where the dynamite is. His comrades see his danger, run forward, and drag him away just in time. They go on with their work as if nothing had happened. A thousand feet below ground at Gympie I was told a tale also that deepens one’s belief in the soundness of human nature in this selfish age—that shows us that the heroic) is as vital in the world as ever it was. John Bradshaw and William Gilbert were ascending a shaft after having lighted the dynamite fuses. Some distance up Gilbert fell off the bucket. Bradshaw immediately signalled to have the engine reversed, was lowered to the bottom, and withdrew the burning fuses in the nick of time to save his comrade from certain death. John Bradshaw, I am glad to say, received a silver medal from the Royal Humane Society for his noble act. Now, I wonder how much nobler was Flynn—Flynn of Virginia—of whom Bret Harte tells.
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A Brave Fellow., Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
A Brave Fellow. Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
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