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180                                WILLIAM
Douglas's suggestion of postponing the firework dis­play till the next week was dismissed as unworthy of them. As William said :
" You might as well put up holly an' stuff for New Year's Day or have pancakes on Ash Wednesday. There wouldn't be any sense in it."
Henry's suggestion of merely burning the guy without any accompaniment of fireworks was also dismissed contemptuously. " There wouldn't be any sense in that either," said William.
For several minutes the Outlaws contented them­selves with a hymn of hate against Ginger's father, in which Ginger joined whole heartedly.
" Mean. That's what it is."
"Stealin',I call it."
" People can get put in prison for takin' other people's money."
" Serve him right if we went to the police."
" An' that poor ole man starvin' to death," said Douglas vaguely.
They felt a little better after a few minutes of this and turned to face the future more courageously.
" Well, what 're we goin' to do ? " said Ginger.
" We're goin' to get some fireworks somehow," said William firmly.
In the silence that followed their thoughts all turned in the same direction.
" He keeps the shed locked, dun't he ? " said Ginger thoughtfully.
" Yes," said William, " windows and all."
" But he's gone to London to-day," said Douglas. " I saw him goin' down to the station. He'll prob'ly not come back till jus' before time to get his fireworks ready."
There was another long silence. Then Ginger said to William :
" Didn't you say she was nervous of 'em ? "
" Yes," said William.
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