The Torch and Other Tales

The Torch and Other Tales

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The Torch and Other Tales by Eden Phillpotts

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1929

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'Santa Claus' -- The Returned Native -- John and Jane -- The Old Soldier -- When Fox was Ferryman -- Mother's Misfortune -- Steadfast Samuel -- The Hound's Pool -- The Price of Milly Bassett -- The Amber Heart -- The Wise Woman of Walna -- The Torch -- 'Spider' -- The Woodstock -- The Night-Hawk

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oad of ten birds. They roosted in the spruce firs, you understand, and 'twas as easy to slay them as blackbeetles, for Teddy's eyes, helped by the moon, marked 'em above his head quick enough.

Then Joseph Ford walked out from behind the car and the little man saw his games were ended, for Ford was a very powerful chap and could have eaten him if he'd wanted to do so.

But Teddy used his tongue for all it was worth, though at first he didn't guess he was up against it.

"Lucky 'twas you," he said. "If it had been your mate, I'd have met with a difficulty. Very smart, Joseph! You've bowled me out all right, so we'll cry quits and least said soonest mended."

But the policeman wasn't in no mood like that.

"Come, Pegram," he answered. "I'd sooner have took any man on earth but you, and you've put me in a cruel fix, and that's all there is to it. Give me that air-gun and get in the car and say nought if you please."

T'other had a lot to say, however. They talked for ten minut

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