THE OUTLAWS FETCH THE HOLLY 209
not till after my death. I do not expect to be recognised as a pioneer in my life-time—but I have my notes— they will still be here after my death and in future years I shall be recognised as the pioneer of communication between the two planets. You saw him, didn't you ? "
" Y-yes," said William s father and added thoughtfully, " there seemed to be something—something
familiar about his face."
The Outlaws were assembled in the tool shed at the bottom of William's garden. The wheelbarrow was turned upside down to represent a stage and upon it William was precariously executing a clog dance. The others were sitting around him on the floor, watching admiringly. So energetically did William perform his dance and so unsteadily balanced was the wheelbarrow that it seemed that every moment the whole thing must collapse. William had as usual thrown himself so completely into his role of music hall artist that he had entirely forgotten that he had already that day been Red Indian, Arab Chief and Martian. Suddenly Ginger said warningly:
" I say, your father's coming, William, with the old man."
William stopped and listened. Through the open window they could hear William's father's voice.
" Well, I just want you to look at him and see if it's the same. I don't suppose you'll get anything out of him. I've already questioned him but one gathers from his answers that he's never heard of either Crown Wood or Mars. However—just have a look at him. I'm afraid' you'll find it is so. I saw the face quite clearly."
The door opened and they entered.
" This is the boy," said William's father, pointing to William.
William hastily descended from his platform and o