IN A NEW WORLD by Horatio Alger
Among the Gold-Fields of Australia
ILLUSTRATED - Harry and his friend Jack face many perils and adventures while prospecting for gold in the Australian Outback. Aka: Harry Vane, The Nugget Finders. A Tale of the Gold Fiels of Australia. In the New World Series. This story is a continuation of the adventures of Harry Vane, 16, who, in Facing the World, finally arrived in Melbourne, Australia after being shipwrecked and stranded on a lonely island. Harry and his young sailor friend, Jack Pentleton, because of the high prices in Melbourne, decide to try the gold fields of Bendigo, north of Melbourne. Traveling with Harry are Dick Fletcher and a Yankee, Obed Stackpole. Their progress is slow and tortuous, due to the boggy nature of the territory. They finally come to a crude roadside inn, the Travelers' Rest, where Harry happens to overhear a conversation between Fletcher and the inn-keeper, Mr. Vinton making plans to rob the others. Harry relays this information Stackpole, who immediately relieves Fletcher of his gun, and forces him to go it alone. Eventually they arrive in Bendigo, where the three men must work hard hope for the best to assure that their mining claim comes to fruition.