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96                                  WILLIAM
was only just in time. As he took his stand with a last wink at Ginger's face, just visible under the flap of the tent, the showman announced the show open and a gaping crowd surged in the wake of a bored-looking youth with a straw in his mouth. The bored-looking youth had been hired by the showman to introduce the exhibits to the public while the showman remained outside and tried to draw the public in by sheer lung power.
" Ladies and gentlemen, walk hup and see the finest show of waxworks in the world. Here for one night only, ladies and gentlemen. Shown before hall the crowned 'eads of Europe. Wonderful historical panorama. Hentertaining and hinstructive. Best six-pennyworth of hentertainment and hinstruction of its kind to be found hanywhere. Walk hup, ladies and gentlemen. Walk hup! Walk hup ! WALK HUP!"
The bored-looking youth did not know much about the waxworks and cared less. He had been merely told to announce their names. He was a local youth and had not seen them before. His eye flickered over William with the same careless contempt with which it flickered over Perkin Warbeck and Rufus and Mary Queen of Scots.
William stood rather in a fortunately dark corner. His velvet-feathered hat threw a shadow over his face. The rope that kept the spectators from approach­ing too near was about five feet away from him. Both the bored-looking youth and the spectators accepted him without suspicion.
" LiT princes crulely murdered in the Tahr," announced the bored-looking youth monotonously through his straw.
The crowd of spectators inspected William and his companion with interest.
" Why do they have one pretty one and one ugly one, mother ? " piped the youngest spectator. ' I bike that one," pointing to the waxwork, " but,"
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