The song has little or nothing to do with the "squire", except so far as"all friends and relations had given consent," and--。， That fencer explained afterwards to Dave's party that he "seen what youcoves was up to," and that's why he called the inspector back. But hetold them that after they had told their yarn--which was a mistake.
。， Before the time arrived when Dave Middleton might reasonably have beenexpected to return, the station people were anxiously watching for him,all except the old blackfellow and the two boys, who had gone to yardthe sheep.
For some time before Peter started the atmosphere had been very closeand oppressive. The great black edge of a storm-cloud had risen in theeast, and everything indicated the approach of a thunderstorm. It wasnot long coming. Before Peter had completed six miles of his journey,the clouds rolled over, obscuring the moon, and an Australianthunderstorm came on with its mighty downpour, its blinding lightning,and its earth-shaking thunder. Peter rode steadily on, only pausing nowand then until a flash revealed the track in front of him.。，
， The party had been increased by Jimmy Nowlett, the bullocky, who hadjust arrived with a load of fencing wire and provisions for Middleton.Jimmy was standing in the moonlight, whip in hand, looking as anxious asthe husband himself, and endeavouring to calculate by mental arithmeticthe exact time it ought to take Dave to complete his double journey,taking into consideration the distance, the obstacles in the way, andthe chances of horse-flesh.。，