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of buns and lemonade. Only their notice was left, turned upside down with something written on the other side. There was no sign of tne hospitable old lady. Wide-eyed with horror they approached and read the notice :
" Many thanks for buns and lemonade—
" Hubert Lane.
" P.S. Aren't I a nice old lady ! "
" It was him ! " cried the Outlaws with mingled fury and despair. " It was him! He's done it again. What 're we goin' to do now ? "
But nobody answered for nobody knew. They stood, a drooping, disconsolate group around their empty stall.
" We can't even fight 'em," said Ginger mournfully, " 'cause they'll take jolly good care not to come out of their garden gates."
" An' I don't see how we can get ten pounds now," said Douglas. " It's after tea time an' he wants the money in to-night to read out at prayers to-morrow mornin'."
" An' we haven't even had any tea," said Henry, " an' I'm feelin' jolly hungry."
" Well, there doesn't seem anythin' to stay here for," said William, eyeing the empty stall distastefully. " I votes we go home to tea anyway. It's no good goin' without tea on top of everything else."
They set off down the road, walking slowly, de­jectedly and in silence. Suddenly Ginger, who was walking at the side of the road, said :
" I think there's a rat in the ditch. I saw something move."
Even their dejection, great as it was, was not proof against that. They brightened and hung over the ditch, peering down.
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