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intell'gent." He appealed to Douglas for support. " Don't you think so, Douglas ? " he said. But Douglas refused to be drawn from his own particular grievance.
" I don't wonder lots of people are against bettin'," he said. "It seems to me all wrong. I shall always be against it myself now."
At that minute a diversion was caused by Jumble who reappeared through the trees frisking about with another fox-terrier.
" That's the real one," exclaimed Ginger.
It greeted Ginger ecstatically and the others with jubilant friendliness. It was certainly the real one. All of them recognised it.
" We've got to take it back," said Ginger righteously. 11 We borrowed it an' we've got to take it back. We can't leave it loose all over the wood."
" All right," agreed William dispiritedly. " Come on."
He secured this fox-terrier too with his handkerchief and, accompanied by Jumble, they set off again for the fox-terrier's home. At the back gate of the fox-terrier's home, however, they stopped dead. The gate was still open, but the yard was no longer empty of humans. There were two men in it. Both were angry. Both were pointing with indignant gestures at the fox-terrier which the Outlaws had lately brought there and which was still chained to the kennel, watching proceedings with interest. One man was evidently its master and was accusing the other of stealing it. The other was indignantly denying the accusation and bringing a counter-charge of theft against his visitor.
" You've stolen it. Of course you've stolen it. Why do I find it chained up like this in your back-yard if you haven't stolen it. I shall tell the police."
" Stolen the thing ! I've never seen it before. I tell you when I went out this afternoon my own dog