On the Track
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The collection contains nineteen stories which are mostly reprinted from a variety of newspaper and magazine sources, with several published here for the first time.
A reviewer in The Freeman's Journal (Sydney) noted that the collection is "a very representative collection of Henry Lawson's inimitable bush sketches. Many of these have appeared from time to time in various Australian journals, including the Freeman, but the collection will not suffer in popular estimation on that account, for it makes up a very interesting volume of Lawson at his best."
In The Evening News (Sydney) the reviewer was not so impressed: "The stories are written with all Lawson's well-known descriptive power, and one regrets that the author does not occasionally give us some different phase of bush life to the sordid side that, he is so fond of. The unlovely swaggie is not even picturesque, and he is decidedly wearisome. Lawson might, now and then strike a higher note and relieve us from the ever-haunting presence of Bill and Jim with their swags and 'nosebags.' It seems strange that one who can so well appreciate the poetry of the bush in verse persistently ignores it in prose."
The songs they used to sing -- A vision of Sandy Blight -- Andy Page's rival -- The iron-bark chip -- "Middleton's Peter" -- The mystery of Dave Regan -- Mitchell on matrimony -- Mitchell on women -- No place for a woman -- Mitchell's jobs -- Bill, the ventriloquial rooster -- Bush cats -- Meeting old mates -- Two Larrikins -- Mr. Smellingscheck -- "A rough shed" -- Payable gold -- An oversight of Steelman's -- How Steelman told his story.