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FIREWORKS STRICTLY PROHIBITED 169
by a high wall, and during his firework display he always kept a hose in readiness for any small boys' heads that might appear above it. The Outlaws had been dis­lodged from posts of vantage by this means on several occasions.
" Yes," said William gloomily, " an get nee'ly drowned an' then have our mothers goin' on as if it was our fault. An' not see anythin' at that. No, this year we're jolly well goin' to have a firework show of our own. At least we are if I know anything about it."
So very impressive did William sound that for a moment the Outlaws felt as if the whole thing were settled down to the smallest detail. Then Ginger said:
" How're we goin' to get 'em ? "
" That's what we've gotter decide now," said William.
I know," said Ginger suddenly. " My aunt. She's coming to stay with us. She's goin' home the day before firework day. She always gives me five shillin's."
The Outlaws turned cartwheels exultantly in the middle of the road.
" There," said William, sitting up panting and covered with dust on the spot where he had over­balanced, " I knew we'd hit on somethin'."
"It's my aunt," said Ginger, thinking that due importance was not being given to him as originator of the suggestion.
" Yes, an' if it's the one what wears the feather thing round her neck you can keep her," said William.
Ginger assumed a truculent attitude and expression, then, as if thinking that his aunt was not really worth fighting for, pretended that he had not heard.
"Well, that's all right then," said William, dis­appointed of a scrap with Ginger, but cheered at the thought of the fireworks that were to be bought with Ginger's aunt's five shillings. " We'll wait till the day before when Ginger's aunt gives him his five shillin's an' then we'll buy 'em. We can get a jolly
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