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P.S. Please
let me know if
this letter comes to
hand

Boorall Maryborough
September 28th 1899

A.W. Howitt Esq.
Commissioner of Audit
Melbourne
Victoria

Mr Dear Sir
I must apologise for not answering
your two letters sooner & trust my information
is not be too late for your purposes.
I have answered them - the questions - as I know
or can remember I believe that although the
country & customs I and Mr. Petrie know do over
lap they are different as far as I know. I claim
to know the customs & habits of the natives round
here better than any white man living or even of
any native or aboriginal as all the old ones that
used to practice these rights & customs are dead
I do not question Mr Petrie, he is correct, but he
is a long way south from here, even Bundaberg
only a short distance north of here, are different,
As for "Mr. Lays" statement re sacrifices
I do not hesitate in saying its pure invention
& is quite on a par with the bushmans yarn you
give of the "Bunga feast" & the killing of a [......]

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