” “In the present case,” Drummond remarked, glancing across the room, “Cheveney wouldn’t permit it. He wished he had the time to solve this riddle, for it was a riddle, and four-square besides. In this state it would have been all over with him, as, being stunned by the fall, it was some moments before he could recover himself, if another party had not unexpectedly come to his rescue. A world of haystacks, bean-stacks, and strawricks flanked the granges adjoining his habitation; the yard was crowded with poultry, pigeons were feeding at his feet, cattle were being driven towards the stall, horses led to the stable, a large mastiff was rattling his chain, and stalking majestically in front of his kennel, while a number of farming-men were passing and repassing about their various occupations. He had just arrived from Manchester, whence he had been summoned by that treacherous thief-taker. “That’s exhilarating,” said Ann Veronica.
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