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WILLIAM THE SHOWMAN              111
"S'pose you jus' say one or two first," said Ginger.
" Anyone 'd think," said William, " hearin' you talk, that you thought I di'n' know any history people."
" I don' think you do," said Ginger simply.
After an exhilarating but indeterminate scuffle the argument was resumed.
" Well, I'll say one if you'll say one," said William.
" Alfred and the cakes," said Ginger, whose brain had been stimulated by the contest.
" That one sounds all right," said William carelessly, secretly rather impressed.
" Well, now you say one," challenged Ginger.
William's brain still remained empty of historical characters.
" Robinson Crusoe," he said at last uncertainly.
Ginger had a vague impression that there was something wrong with this, but did not like to commit himself too definitely.
" I think we'd better stick to English history people," he said ; " he was a foreigner."
" All right," said William, and with a burst of inspiration, " what about Bruce ? "
Who was Bruce ? " said Ginger suspiciously.
" It tells about him in copy-books," said William vaguely. " He kept spiders."
Well, I've kept spiders myself," said Ginger, " but they aren't very interestin'. They don't turn into anythin'. I don't think much of an history person what only kept spiders."
" All right," said William, annoyed, " think of another yourself then."
He was rather relieved thus to be able to detach himself with dignity from further historical research.
" Oh, well, there's lots of 'em," said Ginger, " there's all the kings such as Charles an' George-----"
"What did they do ? " challenged William, stung by Ginger's academic manner.
" They fought in wars an' went to the Crusades-----"
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