The axeman in the centre of this 1894 drawing is clearing a logjam of logs sent down a stream to the sawmill. When the creaking of the logs tells him that the jam is clearing, he has to throw his axe aside and leap to shore to avoid being crushed or drowned.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: James K. Arthur, Kangaroo and Kauri. London: Sampson Low, 1894, opp. p. 106 (B-K 878-106)
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