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OLD ENGLAND OUTLAW .
Sally Twins Boy and, Sword-
less,- Makes a Capture.- -
"Robin," .said-Sally, her face
close' to mine.
yes, Sally." ---
1 "Don't 'go; everything is--lonesome."
".Robin Cowper has given the
word of an honest, gentleman of
the road to meet the coach at 9
tonight.''' -' '
Gently I put her fronj me. She
brushed away a' tear, then,
"I'll go, too."
"A petticoat to fight the king's
"Petticoat, no; coat and breech
"Too dangerous, Sally Wart til
the coach goes unguarded."
"Robin, you have taught me
the sword, you know my mettle.
If you think me a coward, go,-and
find a woman who isn't !"
"Pardon me, Sally! Come
along! I'll get a horse."
I borrowed a-fine roan and we
galloped, she side-saddled, to For
est inn. The lads wore serious
faces. It was a bad. job, yet, if we
won,, we could quit the road 'for a
year,, so great was ther$ take.
"Our newest member," I said,
introducing Sally. Giles laughed
and welcomed her, but some
sneered until -they 'caught my
h'pst, "' Harjow, found a
cavaHer's suit that fitted Sally so.
she-looked like a boy, but no boy,-
ever showed fair face that valor-
ed me for deeds of such daring.
"The best steel in the company,
boy," said Giles, handing her a
.blade, as a dozen of us galloped
into Southcombe forest. The lads
caught the name "boy" and called
her no other. ""
Dud -Hobart had been raised td
command of the troops sent with-1
the coach from Edencourt ttf3
guard the king's gold. We would
put a prank on him; so, at a spot
buried deep in the gloom, we ciit "
the trunk of a tree till is Was near- -ly
ready to fall. We waited amid J
' The riders came on. Our horses r
well trained, moved not an earl
The'troopers had just passed therb
weakened tree when a couple of
lads put shoulder against it and :
it fell crashing across the high-. -way,
cutting off troopers from
You may believe there wasd
scrambling. The troopers wheel-"-ed,
but their horses would nottgo i
through the thick branches. The '
noodles tumbled over each others i
out of- the coach. When I they -looked
into a dozen black masks "
they made dismal noise. It look-rrs
ed-an easy job. I climbed into thee s
coach and rolled out kegs of gold;-,.:
"Now it happened that someone
(J' can't believe it was dullpate,
Dud)' had put on rear guard;
which came .dashing up and set
upon my cullies just when Dud's
fellows, having dismounted, came h
to the rescue of the gold. Out- -numbered
two to one my lads .-
neyer; had: more furious fighting:,