"Howwid waw morning," groaned Braintree. "I'd warthah oh, vewy well, I'll get up." And with a great effort he struggled out of bed and began to array himself. Bowler had a similar task with each of the other adventurers, and any leader less sanguine or eager might have felt his ardour damped by the evident want of alacrity on the part of his confederates to respond to the call to action.

"You'll have to wait till the spring," said Wallas, a somewhat dismal- looking specimen of humanity. "I've got my Oxford local in January." "Oh, of course, we shouldn't start till after that," said Gayford, ready to smooth away all obstacles. "Warthah hot, won't it be?" said Braintree, looking at the map.

This was, however, accomplished in time, and the consultation continued. "We ought to have three more fellows, at least," said Bowler. "I tell you what, each of you pick one. Who do you say, Gav?" "Well, I fancy young Wester might do," said Gayford. "Warthah a pwig, isn't he?" suggested Braintree. "He is a little," replied Gayford; "but he's very obliging, and fags rather well." "All serene.

"It strikes me," said Braintree, "a square mile of tewwitowy is warthah a wum pwize for a chap." "But, I say," said Wester, "isn't our winter the same as their summer? so if we start now, we shall just get out in the warm weather." "Never thought about that," said Bowler; "what do you say, Gay?" "I know my uncle generally likes those parts not in the warm weather," said Gayford.

"No, I believe not," said Gayford; "there's something about the Gulf Stream, you know, keeps it fresh." "Wum idea calling an island fwesh," said Braintree, giggling. "It'll be a fresh start for it when we take possession of it, anyhow," said Bowler. "Of course you'll bring your rifle, Braintree?" "Warthah," replied Braintree, "in case of niggers or wobbers."

"Of course," said Bowler, "we could never be quite stuck up for grub as long as there's seaweed about, and if the rain goes on like this there'll be plenty of water too." "You're wight there," said Braintree; "but seaweed and wain-water is warthah a spare diet." "Anyhow," said Bowler, "we have got enough of the shrimps and peaches left for a good breakfast to-morrow; that's one comfort."

"Upon my word," said Bowler, "this is jolly. It's just like the real New Swishford, isn't it, you fellows?" "Warthah," said Braintree, "except my wifle to let fly at the seagulls with." "But," said Wallas, "if the wind's off the land this side, it will be off the sea when we get over there, so I suppose it'll get rougher and rougher the farther out we get?"