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“LIFE.”ACROSS UNKNOWN AUSTRALIA. There is a patch of desert in the centre of Australia about as big as Tasmania, which until 1904, had never been penetrated. The maps of the Royal Geographical Society show it marked “unknown." Leichardt, the explorer, is supposed to have bee the explorer is supposed to have been lost i rithis patch. Another explorer. Captain H. V. Barclay, has returned recently - from an attempt to salve the mystelies of this unknown desert. He tells the story in “Life," a copy of the June number of which lies before us. Mysterious ranges of sandhills like railway embankments run in parallel lines for hundreds of miles across the desert, and these were the cause of maving Captain Barclay’s party abandon the expedition and make a dash for life. The origin of these sand-hills is wrapped in doubt, and Captain Barclay cannot explain some of their peculiarities. They are too large for the wind to have made them. He promises some further accounts of Central Australia in future issues. Other interesting and popular articles appear in this issue of “Life." For instance. a “Life" represent a j tive has succeeded in interviewing [Mark Twain, and gives an account of his talk with him. Mr Dooley continues his humorous observations on things in general, and this month he discusses flying machines. Fiction receives due space : and. altogether, a sixpence spent on the June issue of ‘■Life." brings its full value twice over. It is interesting to notice that “Life” was the first Australian magazine published at bd, and claims to be still ihe only one at that price with an Australian circulation-

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Literary., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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Literary. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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