The breaking point

"Two men stood in front of Parliament House (WA) … and hurled stones through five plate-glass windows and a plate-glass door, and then waited till the police arrested them. The dining room was littered with splintered glass. The men told a story of poverty and starvation. Alfred Francis Burt, 19, and John Bunce, 47, were charged with having willingly damaged windows worth £24.''

Teenager's bad run

"While assisting his father on a header in a wheat paddock, Gordon Seymour, 14, of Forbes, narrowly escaped injury. His trousers were caught by a revolving clutch, and he was dragged into the whirring machinery. Hearing screams, the father … stopped the machine and extricated the lad … to save him from being cut to pieces.'' A week before he was burnt putting out a shed fire.

A walk in the woods

Lloyd Banks, 12, wrote a prose-poem, An Evening Walk in an English Forest, for the Herald's children's section: "The peaceful red path wound through the forest. Dusk approached, with all its glory. Furtive squirrels with soft, languorous eyes and coats of gleaming silk, peered out from the … branches; a whirr of wings, a low cry, and the owl flew sedately past. Truly it was a typical country scene.''