Digger Smith

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Digger Smith  (1918) 
by C. J. Dennis

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I leaves him with the dyin' day,
Dreamin' an' doubtin' still.. .


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DIGGER SMITH



BY

C. J. DENNIS

Author of "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke," "Doreen," "The Moods of Ginger Mick," "The Glugs of Gosh," "Backblock Ballads," etc.



Illustrated by Hal Gye



SYDNEY
ANGUS & ROBERTSON LTD.
89 CASTLEREAGH STREET
1918


Printed by W. C. Penfold & Co. Ltd., 183 Pitt Street, Sydney
for
Angus & Robertson Ltd.

London: The Oxford University Press.








Dramatic, Cinema and all other Rights are reserved.


TO THE A.I.F.


CONTENTS

Page
I. BEFORE THE WAR

 "Before the war," she sighs. "Before the war" ...

11

II. DUMMY BRIDGE

 "If I'd 'a' played me Jack on that there Ten" ...

19

III. DAD

 I've knowed ole Flood this last five year or more ...

27

IV. DIGGER SMITH

 'E calls me Digger; that's 'ow 'e begins ...

35

V. WEST

 "I've seen so much uv dirt an' grime ...

43

VI. OVER THE FENCE

 'Taint my idea uv argument to call a man a fool ...

51

VII. A DIGGER'S TALE

 "'My oath!' the Duchess sez. 'You'd not ixpect ...

57

VIII. JIM'S GIRL

 " 'Oo is that girl" sez Digger Smith ...

65

IX. THE BOYS OUT THERE

 "Why do they do it? I dunno" ...

73

X. HALF A MAN

 "I wash me 'ands uv 'im," I tells 'em, straight ...

81

XI. SAWIN' WOOD

 I wondered wot was doin'. First I seen ...

87

XII. JIM

 "Now, be the Hokey Fly!" sez Peter Begg ...

93

XIII. A SQUARE DEAL

 "Dreamin'?" I sez to Digger Smith . . .

101

GLOSSARY

109