"I wonder what spiflicating is?" mused Kettle, but he did not remain cudgelling his brain over this for long. It occurred to him that if this negro could come and go so handily to the outside of this underground prison, there must be a stairway somewhere near, and though he could not enlarge the slit to get at it that way, it might be possible to burrow a passage under the wall itself.

"Better the evil that we know..." he answered, with the familiar smile in his voice. "The important thing is to sidetrack the French agent, who could put fifty ruffians on our trail instead of one." "Why not send a provost-marshal's guard to the French agent, then?" "Can't do that. France and Great Britain are allies. Besides, they might retaliate by spiflicating our agent in Damascus.

'They be hanged! cried the ruffled pork-butcher. 'Our best men never got it out of books. Now, you tell me you've got a spiflicating style of talk about you no brag, you tell me course, the best man wins, if you mean that: now, if I was one of 'em, and I fetches you a bit of a flick, how then? Would you be ready to step out with a real Professor?

'They be hanged! cried the ruffled pork-butcher. 'Our best men never got it out of books. Now, you tell me you've got a spiflicating style of talk about you no brag, you tell me course, the best man wins, if you mean that: now, if I was one of 'em, and I fetches you a bit of a flick, how then? Would you be ready to step out with a real Professor?