Replying to criticism of certain passages in his latest book, an Australian author (Mr. Bernard Cronin) has declared that there are slums in the Australian bush as well as in the cities.
"Torkin' o' slums," said Dusty Dick, "An' 'ard-up country dwellers; This 'igh-falutin' makes me sick Among them city fellers. Four walls, a bunk, a box or two Does me. Shirt, boots an' trouse's. I ain't extravagant like you With fancy duds an' 'ouses. "Take them swell boots you're wearin' now Tho' I'm a fair 'ard walker, I wouldn't pay that price, no'ow. Mine? Nine bob, off the 'awker.' "But wait a bit," his friend replied, "Don't let this git confusin'. I bet your boots ain't lined inside? Thought so. Well, son, you're losin'. "'Cos why? Cos cheap boots might'n' pay - No; that ain't nothink funny But I saves in another way Where you does in your money. Good boots don't wear good socks out quick; Your cheap 'uns rubs an' tears em." "Got you again I" cried Dusty Dick, "Wot? Socks? I never wears 'em!"
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