In A New World; or, Among The Gold Fields Of Australia - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)
Harry Vane 16yrs and his friend Jack Pendleton 16yrs, both American were sitting in an inn with another friend of theirs Professor Hemmenway, a magycian, Harry was his assistant and Jack was in Australia to seek his fortune, they had all met on a sea voyage where they were shipwrecked and left on a desert island until their eventual rescue, the professor returned to America whilst Jack and Harry decided to try their luck in the New World.
The boys decide to try their luck in the gold mines at Bendigo about a 100 miles away, they were approached by a man who asked to travel with them, Fletcher, they were very suspicous of this mans motives but agreed so it was a relief when another man, Obed, a man they liked joined as well all though Fletcher wasn't happy, while out walking the boys go to the aid of an old man being robbed, he tried to reward them but they refused but agreed to go and see him on their return, his name Henry Woolson, the next day they started their journey
The journey was hard often struggling through mud, when asleep on the first night Obed found Fletcher searching his pockets, although he said he was looking for matches they did not trust him, at an inn Fletcher seems to be friendly with the owner, Larry, Harry heard them that night talking about stealing their money so the next day Obed told Fletcher to leave, the next day they were stopped by six men on horses, Fletcher was among them, they were Bushrangers, they took everything and captured them, Obed was told to leave but they wanted the two boys to join, whilst there was an aguement among the men, resulting in their Captain Stockton being killed the two boys escape, Fletcher wanted to be leader but he was out voted
Eventually the boys came to a shepherds hut where they found a young girl of about 14yrs, Lucy, she gave them something to eat until her father arrived, he was taken with the boys and offered them a 100 sheep each on reaching 21 if they should stay but the boys although grateful wanted to travel on, they still had 25 miles to get to Bendigo, on stopping the first night a stranger demanded food, they gave some but he wanted moreJack and Harry were attacked, luckily Obed was close by and over powered him, meeting a mounted policeman looking for a murderer they found their prisoner was the man, they get £50 reward, a sick man was selling his claim so the three bought it living in a small cabin on the site
Three weeks had passed and they had but 10 dollars but suddenly discover a huge gold nugget which they take to the hut after dark, but they are being watched, they replace the nugget with a rock and this ends up being stolen instead of the nugget, Obed and the boys send the nugget back with the rest of the miners finds by armed guard back to Melbourne, the nugget is worth about 15,000 dollars, they sell their claim and return with the armed guard to Melbourne
Camping one night Obed and the boys are out for a walk when they are captured by Bushrangers, they manage to alert their camp and the Bushrangers are defeated, on return Jack and Harry call on the gentlemen they had saved fro robbery, and are told to call on his nephew on returning to America, you will have to read on to find out what happens next
What happens to Harry and Jack when they meet Woolson's nephew, does Jack get back to sea, does Obed marry his sweetheart, there are 39 chapters in which to find out, one of Horatio Alger's better books and its free, well worth a read