"If you want to eat and drink, order the victuals at once," replied one of the runners, sulkily.
"Too bad," said the doctor, turning round again to the runners; "really too bad, gentlemen, to suspect me of that!"
"Sam," said one of the runners to the other, "you look to our civil friend here, and I'll grab Moses when he brings up the lunch."
The minutes were getting on, and I had not heard a word yet, through the peephole, on the subject of the reserve of Bow Street runners outside.
"Father's off with the governor in the gig, and the runners in hiding outside are in full cry after them.
* The "Bow Street runners" of those days were the predecessors of the detective police of the present time.
The runners were on their way to the starting-place.
The official persons stood together in a group; their eyes following the runners round and round with the closest attention.
At the fourth round--in other words, at the round which completed the first mile, the first change in the relative position of the runners occurred.