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THE OUTLAWS DELIVER THE GOODS 147
pay for it an' so you get richer an' richer till you're a millionaire."
" Yes, but we can't do that," said Henry gloomily ; " you gotter have some money to start with to buy the shop an' the stuff to sell in it. An', anyway, it'd take more'n two days settin' up a shop an' makin' ten pounds in it."
'; They don't always buy a shop before they start sellin' things," said William. " Sometimes they jus' have a stall in the road. I've often seen people havin' a stall in the road an' sellin' things. I bet that they're much richer than the ones who buy a shop 'cause a shop mus' cost an awful lot of money."
" Yes," I've often seen 'em," said Ginger. " I've seen 'em havin' refreshment stalls sellin' buns an' lemonade, an' such-like."
" That's what we'll do," said William, his freckled
face illuminated by a sudden flash of inspiration.
11 We'll have a refreshment stall."
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The refreshment stall stood by the roadside awaiting patrons. It consisted of a large packing-case turned up on end sideways and covered by a newspaper. Upon this chaste covering reposed four buns, a jug of lemonade and a tin mug together with a notice unevenly printed in ink, " buns a penny lem'nade a penny." Behind it, gazing with eager, expectant faces down the empty road, stood the four Outlaws. The lemonade had been made from a tin of lemonade powder that William had found in his mother's larder. The jug and mug were Ginger's contribution. The buns were four halfpenny buns that had been honestly purchased with Henry's twopence.
The system upon which the refreshment stall was to be run had been fully explained by William.
" You see," he said, as soon as anyone buys a bun one of you run down to the village with the penny an' buy two more halfpenny ones with the penny. An' so on. It's ever so easy. We'll be rich in no time."
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