Sir Percy Leads the Band

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Sir Percy Leads the Band by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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Disguised as itinerant musicians, the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel is working to save an innocent family from execution -- but Citizen Chauvel is hot for revenge, and following close on their heels. Treachery and betrayal within the ranks of the League! (Copyright unrenewed.)

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"What say you to beef with mustard?" one of the men quoted while he struggled with a tough piece of boiled pork garnished with haricot beans.

"I like it passing well," his neighbour completed the quotation, "but for the moment I have a fancy for a Lancashire hot-pot, such as my old lady makes at home."

"Well!" broke in a man obviously from the north, "Sunday at my home is the day for haggis, and with a wineglassful of good Scotch whiskey poured over it, I tell you, my friends..." He did not complete the sentence, but by way of illustrating his meaning he just smacked his lips, and attacked the tough bit of pork with almost savage vigour.

Two men were sitting together at a table close by. One of the said, speaking in French with a contemptuous shrug:

"These English! Their one subject of conversation is food."

The other, without commenting on this, merely remarked:

"You understand English then, Monsieur le Baron?"

"Yes. Don't you?"

"I never had

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