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The Rock-itt : September 2011
The discussion eventually turned into something uglier with Trelawney finally socking Errol on the jaw after Errol had called him a coward for not going along with the schem e. Finally their differences were settled with Errol apologising to Trelawney and even though not happy with what was about to take place, Trelawney agreed to go along with it for the sake of the money which was needed desperately. Gabriel Achun arrived on board Sirocco and they set out for Green Island. Anchoring on the open side they waited for the steamer carrying the illegal haul of Opium to make its presence. Finally, after a long period of waiting, smoke appeared on the horizon and soon the thumping engines of the ‘Taiping’ could be heard as she steamed closer to Sirocco, eventually passing some two hundred yards off her starboard side. Once the steamer was some distance further on, Achun ordered that Errol take Sirocco into Taiping’s wake so as they could search for the drop. After a couple of false alarms a crate was sighted floating nearby and when it was hauled onboard the drug was found to the delight of Alchun. Returning to Cairns they let the Chinaman off at the jetty. Alchun promised to be back the following morning with the rest of the sixty pound payment for the haul. But after waiting several hours the following day, Alchun never showed and after Rex was sent to his premises to investigate, later returned to Sirocco with the news that Alchun’s place was deserted and it looked as though they had been ‘had’.. Errol was furious, mainly at himself for allowing the Chinaman to outwit him, but there was nothing he could do about it now the horse had bolted and they were left thirty pounds out of pocket for their troubles. Wanting retribution, Errol decided that they would steal Alchun’s tender from his cruiser which was tied to the jetty. After tricking the two crew members on watch who were aboard the cruiser and who eventually ended up in the water, while Errol and Rex grabbed the nice new looking clinker built boat, returned to Sirocco, hauled anchor and left quickly with Achun’s tender in tow. Soon they had the sails set and steered Sirocco’s bow north in the direction of Cook Town. If you have missed any of the instalments of “Hobart to Hollywood” and can’t lay your hands on a hard copy from one of our outlets, you can go back to where the serial began in 2009. Log onto www.therockittmagazine.com.au click on ARCHIVES at bottom right hand side of your screen for previous issues. Any problems email me on: email@example.com The steamer, Taiping Opium dens were eventually banned Opium dens spread to France FOR THE BEST HAIR CUT ON THE NORTHERN BEACHES MONDAY TO SATURDAY (EXCEPT WEDNESDAY) OPEN 7AM 38 ROGER STREET BROOKVALE