By A.B. Facey
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I went with Mum on her shopping trips to keep her company. It took us one day to get there, then we would rest the horse the next day and do the shopping. On the third we would set off early for home. I used to look forward to these trips; they were fun and a break away from the farm. We always stayed at a boarding-house or Coffee Palace, as some were called. The Coffee Palace was like home - nothing flash. At meal times the girl waiting on you would ask you what you would like, and the beds were just like my own.
I never said anything about the warning that old Albert had given me. He then asked me how they treated me, and I told him rotten. I said the old man Albert was nice and treated me fine and I told him about the new pants he bought me. The policeman then asked what they would do to me if they thought or knew what I had told him. I said that they would half kill me, that they and Bob were very cruel. ' I asked the policeman if he ever went near Uncle's place and he said that his district didn't go that far.
It was a bluish black colour and very heavy. The Government helped the settlers with the purchase and delivery of this fertiliser. Grandma told me about a new scheme the Government had brought in to help the settlers become established so that they could grow enough wheat, and stock their properties. The scheme was that the Government would pay twenty shillings for every acre the settler cleared ready for cropping. Also, they paid so much for fencing and any other improvements that were made. This money was by way of a loan, and a mortgage of the full amount at the end of the year was taken out against the property.