Many is the halfpenny which, as a child, I gave Hardy, that I might see him buy his own meat which he did with judgment, and a due regard to value. When a penny was given to him, he would, on arriving at the shop, place it on the counter and rest his nose or paw upon it until he received two halfpennyworths, nor would any persuasion induce him to give up the coin for the usual smaller allowance.
The forty-eight halfpennyworths proved to be sufficient for all, however, though the orthodoxy of one or two seemed doubtful. Madame was tired; but the position had pleased her, and she gave away the toys with a charming grace. Madame paused. Her eyes brightened; her thin lips parted with a smile. In a voice of intense satisfaction, she murmured: "It is the Briteesh hooray!"
Jones found that no poor women in Weston could buy a little milk, as the farmers' wives did not care to rob their dairies. This was a great distress, especially when the children were sick. So Mrs. Jones advised Mrs. Sparks, at the Cross, to keep a couple of cows, and sell out the milk by halfpennyworths.