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166                                WILLIAM
like it said to do it in the book, and it oughtn't to have gone off like that."
" No, we've jus' got to either get some money to buy them or get them given us," said Douglas.
" Who'd give 'em us ? " asked Ginger simply.
" Let's ask people," said William hopefully, " let's ask our fathers. I bet they used to have 'em when they were our age."
I jolly well bet they did," said Ginger, " though I bet they'll say they didn't if we ask 'em. If they'd redly been the sort of boys like what they pretend they were they must 've been jolly funny, that's all I can say, an' I'm jolly glad I didn't go to the same school as them."
" We'll ask 'em anyway," said Douglas and added, " I wonder why it's called Guy Fawkes Day."
" 'Cause a man called Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the House of Commons," said Henry. Henry was always the best informed of the Outlaws.
" Why ? "
" 'Cause he di'n' like 'em, I s'pose."
" Why di'n' he like 'em ? "
" People don't like 'em. You should hear my father goin' on about 'em. I bet he'd blow 'em up if he knew how to."
" Why di'n' this man—this Guy whoever he was— blow 'em up ? "
" Dunno. I expect they sold him the wrong sort of gunpowder same as they sold us. The sort that goes off too soon."
" Well, anyway, I don't see why people have fireworks every year jus' 'cause he di'n' blow up the House of Commons."
Henry thought over this for some minutes in silence. Henry never liked to own himself at a loss.
" I know," he said at last. " They felt so sick at him not doin' it. You see it 'd 've been such a jolly good sort of thing to watch. The House of Commons
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