By A.B. Facey
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Next morning there was good news for me. The old lady had offered some sheep, cattle and pigs for sale and the three strangers were new settlers who had come to see the stock with a view to purchase. Albert and the old lady showed the men the stock and after a lot of bargaining they purchased all the cows except four, all the sheep except fifteen, and the only pigs that were left were three sows with litters only a few days old. This made my work much lighter. The pigs were loaded into the wagon, to which the men had attached railings so they couldn't get out.
Now I was ready to ask the old lady if I could go and work for the nurse's husband. So that day I told Jimmy about the job, and the next morning I asked the old lady. She thought for awhile, then she said, 'No. Not on any account can you go there. What have you and that nurse woman been hatching up between you? ' The night came and everyone went to bed early. The moon was very bright and I guessed it would set at about ten thirty or eleven, so I went to bed the same time as the others. Jimmy came in and talked with me before he went to sleep.
He was a part-blood Aboriginal and he did all my work and made friends with me. When the nurse came to see how I was getting along, about eight days later, I was much better. I could sit up, and I could eat anything without fear of vomiting, and although I was still very sore, the swelling had gone down to almost normal in places. I could use my hands and turn my neck about without much pain. The nurse was very pleased with my recovery and only stayed for about two hours. I made up my mind to clear out from Cave Rock as soon as I was well enough and could find a way that would not attract too much attention.
A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey