By A.B. Facey
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This went on for six days and my stomach couldn't take any more. As fast as I tried to swallow the eggs I would have to run outside and vomit them up again. This suited the dogs as they didn't mind them. They were waiting for me to vomit each meal time; they were half-starved. At the end of the sixth day I couldn't stand it any longer so I packed and left. When I asked about wages I got a reply that made me even less confident about Man's word. The Meikles told me that they had no money and couldn't afford to pay me.
He completely recovered and got a ride back with another settler. A few weeks later his wife became very sick. She went to see the doctor who found that she was suffering from blood poisoning. She had several decayed teeth, so that when she had sucked out the poison from the snake bite wound, some had entered into her bloodstream. She was very ill and had to stay in hospital. Aunt Alice and Grandma minded her two-year-old baby girl while she was away; she was such a lovely, pretty little girl. The father was very grateful to Aunt and Grandma for taking care of her.
This time Bill came and slept there with me. On Christmas Eve we talked for a long time after we had made our beds. Bill suggested that we hide some of the grog. He pointed out that by doing this there would be less to drink and it would help to stop any brawling. ' After we had talked about this we decided that we would hide some of the grog. Bill said he knew where it was because he had seen Alec and Bob putting it in the large hessian cooler used for the milk. The cooler stood out on the back verandah.
A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey