Their concluding words had evidently been some form of sign and countersign
. The instant that their footsteps had died away in the distance, Jefferson Hope sprang to his feet, and helping his companions through the gap, led the way across the fields at the top of his speed, supporting and half-carrying the girl when her strength appeared to fail her.
They rose about eight o'clock in the winter, about six in summer, and went to take the countersign
and see how things went on at M.
"And what to these ministers do but countersign
the signature of the king?"
* sign and countersign
being Passelodion and Berafriend.
If you get it (which you may after a time), that memorial must be entered in that Department, sent to be registered in this Department, sent back to be signed by that Department, sent back to be countersigned
by this Department, and then it will begin to be regularly before that Department.
"We know, Brother, by your sign and by your countersign
that you are indeed one of us," said McGinty.