Toning it down

Mr. Howe [of Kansas] declares that Australians’ tones contradict the sentiments expressed in their words. If Australians have a fault in their speech it is that they fail to intone. Questions, answers, and boasting (which we indulge in infrequently) are usually all uttered in the same tone. It is somewhat listless.

Argus (Melbourne) 1 August 1914

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