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The party finally mounted the char-a-bancs, just as I was about to
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The Party Finally Mounted The Char-A-Bancs, Just As I Was About To Offer The Baby For Twenty-Five Pounds, And Dirt Cheap At That. Meanwhile I Gave The Driver A Cup Of Lukewarm Tea, For Which I Refused Absolutely To Accept Any Remuneration.

I had cleared the tables before Mrs. Bobby returned, flushed and panting, with the guilty cow.

Never shall I forget that good dame's astonishment, her mild deprecations, her smiles - nay, her tears - as she inspected my truly English account and received the silver.

s. d. Nine teas . . . . 3 6 Cream . . . . 7 Bread-and-butter . . 1 6 Extra teas. . . . 9 Marmalade . . . . 6 Three tips. . . . 2 0 Four roses and mignonette. 1 8 Three carnations . . 6 Canary . . . . 12 0 Cage . . . . 1 0 - - - 24 0

I told her I regretted deeply putting down the marmalade so low as sixpence; but as they had not touched it, it did not matter so much, as the entire outlay for the entertainment had been only about a shilling. On that modest investment, I considered one pound three shillings a very fair sum to be earned by an inexperienced 'licensed victualler' like myself, particularly as I am English only by adoption, and not by birth.

Chapter XXV. Et ego in Arcadia vixit.

I essayed another nap after this exciting episode. I heard the gate open once or twice, but a single stray customer, after my hungry and generous horde, did not stir my curiosity, and I sank into a refreshing slumber, dreaming that Willie Beresford and I kept an English inn, and that I was the barmaid.

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