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Title: The boy travellers in Australasia : adventures of two youths in a journey to the Sandwich, Marquesas, Society, Samoan and Feejee islands, and through the colonies of New Zealand, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia
Publisher: New York : Harper & Brothers
Contributing Library: School of Theology, Boston University
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^ We were invited to several of these houses,but time prevented our accepting all the invitations. We ran up for afew days to a rural retreat on the southern slope of one of the moun-tains that looks upon Melbourne from a distance of forty or fifty miles.The place and all its appointments were delightful. The house stands in a broad clearing in the gum forest, and in aposition commanding an extensive view. To the rear and on each sidethe wood-covered slopes rise above it, but in front there is a view alongthe gently descending plains to Melbourne and the ocean bejond.Though the city is nearly fifty miles away we can clearly make out itsposition on a fine day, so great is the purity of the atmosphere. Whenthe air is a trifle murky we see in place of Melbourne a cloud of smoke,which the winds bear away, sometimes to the north and sometimes to IN THE MOUNTAINS IX SUMMER. 479
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^cssK^XVi^cr SUMMER RETREAT IN THE MOUNTAINS. the south or east. Port Phillip Bay shines bet^yeen the city and theocean, and with a glass we can trace the course of the steamers as theyenter or leave the great haven or creep along the coast. Immediately in front of the house the lawn sweeps down to apretty pond or tiny lake, and around it is a garden in which all theflowers of two hemispheres seem to have made their home. We havebeen reminded over and over again, and on nearly every day of ourstay in Australia, of the welcome which the climate gives to the flowersof other lands, and nowhere is the reminder more forcible than in thegardens of these country-houses near Melbourne. Every description ofornamental tree and flowering shrub is to be found there, and exoticsvie with the native flowers of Australia in covering the ground with allthe colors known to the artist. Not only is the ground carpeted with 480 THE BOY TEAVELLERS IN AUSTRALASIA. tliem, but the trunks of the trees, the pos
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