THE OUTLAWS DELIVER THE GOODS 155
" —and this year we sent one or two of the village boys down to the seaside for a day. So educational for tbem, vou know. Fishes and the sea and that sort of thing. We gave them a little money each to spend on some little souvenir of their visit and they bought rock and were sick on the way home. We didn't go with them, of course, you know, but we provided the funds. We're having another meeting next week at which we hope to discuss Art. It's always such a wonderful subject to discuss, I think, don't you ? "
Marvellous," said the earnest lady earnestly.
" Totosalwaysbeensosweetandcompanionable," said Toto's mistress all in one breath in a determined tone of voice.
The Outlaws, deeply interested in the party, had drawn gradually nearer and nearer the window and now suddenly met the eye of the fourth guest—a large, stout woman who had as yet contributed little to the conversation and who was the only one in their range of vision. In silence they gazed at each other for a few minutes, then she turned to her hostess and said dispassionately :
There are four boys in your drawing-room."
" Four b-----" said her hostess. " There can't be,
" But there are," said the stout lady. " Unless, of course, I'm seeing spirit visitants."
" You must be, dear," said the hostess, " because there certainly aren't any boys in my drawing-room." She turned to the earnest lady and said, " We had a most interesting discussion on that last month. Spirit visitants, you know, and that sort of thing. Most interesting."
" How marvellous ! " said the earnest lady earnestly.
" Can you still see them ? " said the hostess.
" Yes," said the stout lady, still staring at the Outlaws. " I can still see them quite plainly."