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HALF-CASTE PROBLEM. ---x--- Australian Novelist Interested. Basec New Story on Color Problem. At present the status of the col ored mani in Australia is exciting a great deal of attention. Among the authorities on the subject is Wil liam Iatfield, the author and travel ler, whose years spent in Northern Australia have given him a more in timate personal knowledge of the half-caste problem than is possessed by most anthropologists. In his new novel, "Black Waterlily'," Hat field draws largely upon his exper iences to prove that the status of the half-caste depends entirely on the manner in which he is brought up and treated. In the story are two half-caste men, one of whom raises himself to the status of a white, while the other drifts back to savagery. The for mer is a composite portrait of many half-castes the author has known and with wlom,he has worked. "Jim Stein," says IIatfield, "has attributes you might find in men like Joe Craigio, who was head stockman at 'Glengyle,' out on the Georgina, in my time, a man accepted by all the fellows along the Queensland and Territory border as as white as them seclves, or in Tommy Norman, who was head stockman at 'Durham l)owns.' ont the Cooper, and Jimmy Stltt, the lhutrlo-shooter on the Mary Itiver, 1p) on the edge :of, Amrn helim lnd. Then there was Benny IHugh ::, manager of 'Godyer's Ln "oon.,' anrld Ilarry Stott (Jim's bro the:);, who used to lmanage 'Nut woodl.' Splendid chaps ; white nmel pleas:;ed to work under them and give their best, realising all the time that it still felt it bit short of their cainna biliti'es of those unassuRning fellows. "But, though they succeed In their sphere, there's a sadness, a wistful ne:-, about them, as of frustration they won't a'dmlt or give voice to. T'nke Tol'ntmy Norman, out on the Cooper., undoubtedly the finest Ilhorseman or cattleman that ever put l,.e nacross leather, though he's neoer uppeared In competition. Last year I gsot him to do some dillcult stunts for my 'Sheepmates' film, out there on, his own ground. Mr. Thring, ,ad(! of the Effteo organisation, was so impressed by the possibilities in hims that hoe wanted him to come down to Melbourne for a big part in the picture. " 'lIight-ho,' said Tommy, 'that'll do me, but'-he turned to me-'l'll he a hit out of place down there, outside working houtrs. If I've got
to knlock illuull on my Own, I llean,. I'll go if you'll ride at my girth, Bill, put me into the running, and every thing. You see, those people down there would just take . me for a blackfellow, if I went mooiing around on my own. It'd be differ ent, away from these people In the west,' who've known ime all my life. Stage production interfered with the making of the film, and Tommy has not come down yet.". The serial rights of "Black Waterlily" have been purchased by the '"Australian Jour nal," and the first instalment appears this month.