t fifty start. However, having foozled into a ruined pillbox, I reduced the offer by half, and later on, confident--not to say insulting--reports from Laxey induced me to withdraw the concession altogether.
"At 16.30 hours precisely, amid intense excitement on the part of the Celestial audience, we arrived at the deciding crump-hole simultaneously. When I say we arrived, I mean that Laxey had an eight-yard putt from a good lie--an easy proposition with the whangee putter--and I was ten yards away in as wicked a little crevice as you could wish to find.
"'If it doesn't shake your nerve, skipper,' said Laxey, 'I might mention that my score is 543.'
"'You'd better give me the game, then,' I answered. 'I'm but a modest 520.'
"'Not jolly likely. You'll take at least twenty to get out of that burrow. Besides, I know Wilkins is rotten at figures, and I claim a recount.'
"An audit and scrutiny showed that we were both 537, and although Laxey held a distinct advantage in position I decided on a strenuou