tryin' to do. Well, as soon as we'd sat down on the wall jus' for a rest so as not to get our clothes dirty with sittin' on the ground along comes the crule man with a hosepipe and turned it on to us all. You ask Ginger if it wasn't like that, if you don't believe me. He'll tell you it was. Jus' sitting on a wall to rest so's not to get our clothes dirty sittin' on the ground, when along comes this-----"
" William, will you stop talking and go in and change. You're soaking."
William went into his bedroom and closed the door. A small pebble hit the window. He went to it and opened it. Ginger, a disconsolate and still dripping figure, was below.
" I say," whispered Ginger, " can you throw me down somethin' to dry with ? I cant get in my house cause my mother's sittin' jus' at the drawin'-room window an' she'd see me comin' in at the gate."
William carelessly threw down his bath towel and proceeded to dry his own person on his counterpane, standing at the window. Thus engaged, they conversed.
" I say," said William exultantly, "it'll be all
right about makin' him the guy. I've found out where
I can borrow some of his clothes."
The first setback the Outlaws received was a sudden and unexpected parental ban on any firework display at all. It happened that Williams father and Ginger's father and Douglas's father and Henry"s father travelled to town in the same carriage one morning, and it happened that they mentioned and discussed last year's firework fiasco and finally agreed that the safest plan would be to forbid fireworks at all this year. As William's father put it, " The young scoundrels are sure to blow the place up if we don't," and as Ginger's father still more succinctly put it, " After all, we know them and it's foolish to take risks."