I see'd the old boy's face flush and look plaguy awkward, and I thought we was in for somethin' nasty.
Just as 'twas gettin' serious, and the old boy and the mob was going to pull 'em off the coach, one little fellow jumps up and says, 'Here--I'll stay.
By an odd coincidence, however, a mysterious but magnificent donation of a hundred guineas was almost simultaneously received in notes by the treasurer of the Founder's Fund, from one who simply signed himself "Old Boy." The treasurer happened to be our late host, the new man at our old house, and he wrote to congratulate Raffles on what he was pleased to consider a direct result of the latter's speech.
And it was I who knew the combination at a glance, after years and years, when the fateful whim seized Raffles to play once more in the Old Boys' Match, and his will took me down with him to participate in the milder festivities of Founder's Day.
He spoke with great vigor at the top of his voice; soon we had a little crowd about us; but the tall collars and the broad smiles of the younger Old Boys did not deter our dowdy demagogue.
There was a sound representative assortment of quite young Old Boys, to whom ours was a prehistoric time, and in the trough of their modem chaff and chat we old stagers might well have been left far astern of the fun.
He was not, however, the hero of the Old Boys' Match, and that was expected of him by all.
But I don't see how on the strength of that I could expert the old boy
to adopt me.
At this foreshadowing of a desolate decease, the wicked old boy would whine and whimper, and would sit shaking himself into the lowest of low spirits, until such time as he could shake himself out of the house and shake another threepennyworth into himself.
Moreover it was her habit to shake her head at that wretched old boy whenever she caught his eye as he shivered and shook.
"It's my first and last battle, old boy
," continued the loud soldier.
"Come, come," said James, putting his hand to his nose and winking at his cousin with a pair of vinous eyes, "no jokes, old boy
; no trying it on on me.
"Never you mind, old boy
! We'll stay by you, dear!"
“Would you, old boy?” roared Billy; “then so much the better for me.
“Twill, old boy, ‘twill,” cried Kirby, every- shade of displeasure vanishing from his open brow at the peace-offering; “throw out the hide, and that shall satisfy the law.”