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is at present in Australia, but we expect him home before long.  When I last heard from him he was up at Coopers Creek on a visit to my cattle stations.  The drought has been generally very severe in that part of the interior, but as my stations are understocked my losses have not been heavy.

I think you are right in being guided in your movements, by the most practical steps, for obtaining the best education for James, and it is well that he sees the important value of passing a year or so at the Sydney University before coming to Cambridge.  Your younger boys have time enough before them, especially as you have such good teachers from Sydney, and they have the benefit of being under your

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