This book is set in the Court of George the First, a Hanoverian King who was not very popular. To make himself feel more comfortable he had introduced into his Court a number of German people, and also Dutch ones. The hero of the story is 17-year old Frank Gowan, who is a page in the ante-room of the Prince of Wales, the King's eldest son. His father is an officer in the King's Guard.
ild young colt you are!--This isn't the country."
"No; but it looks like a good makeshift!" cried Frank.
"Who's disloyal now? Nice way to speak of his Majesty's Park! I say, you're short enough as it is."
"No, I'm not. I'm a very fair height for my age. It's you who are too long."
"Never mind that; but it's my turn to talk. Suppose you get cut shorter for saying disloyal things under the window of the Palace."
"Is it? They give it to the people they call rebels pretty hard for as trifling things," said Andrew, flushing a little. "They flogged three soldiers to death the other day for wearing oak apples in their caps."
"What? Why did they wear oak apples in their caps?"
"Because it was King Charles's day; and they've fined and imprisoned and hung people for all kinds of what they call rebellious practices."
"Then you'd better be careful, Master Drew," said Frank merrily. "I say, my legs feel as if they were full of pins and needle