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How I Fared at the Siege of Plymouth.
fight, though they were 2,500 horse and foot, and treated me just as frankly and kindly as my mother only tried, but in vain, to draw the Parliamentarians could have done. into their ambuscades. Not knowing anything better We walked down from the Castle to Southsideto do, the Cavalier General Hopton drew back to a street, where in one of the many handsome houses little town called Modbury, and received reinforce built in the Elizabethan style, with projecting ments, and thought himself secure. But a few days gabled upper stories and black beams, my friends after, our brave Ruthven took a wholly unexpected dwelt. Mrs. Tonkin, as her son has taken pains route over Roborough Down to that place with four to inform me, belonged to a family of much troops of horse and one hundred dragoons, starting account in Cornwall, the Robartses, and has profrom Plymouth at three o'clock in the cold and dark, perty in her own right, and this dwelling-house is and wholly routed them ; and so brought quietness her own. and peace for Plymouth for many days to come. When we entered the capacious dwelling-room of
the family there was no one in it save Mrs. Tonkin,
and beside her a young lady whom I had never seen Since I wrote the above the scarcity which we before. even then feared has been somewhat felt. A Cavalier I had but time to notice her fair countenance Colonel, Digby by name, has kept such a diligent and what a graceful and even timid manner she survey
of the district that for weeks he has prevented had, before she rose to take leave, and as her hostess the entrance of all supplies to the town. This might did not attempt to detain her, my wishes that she be put a stop to, surely, by some vigorous measures might stay were of course very useless. I thought on our side meeting his. If I were General- Mrs. Tonkin acted strangely unlike her usual cordial
No sooner had I written these words than Ensign manner, that she did not even introduce her to her Tonkin looked over my shoulder and laughed heartily, son and myself, and though Dick attended her to the “ If I were General," he repeated mockingly," what door of the house, I could hear no word exchanged then, Ben Holbeck ?" I coloured, for though he is between them, and there had been no involuntary my dear friend, and his irth can never be deemed sign of pleasure on hi face when he saw her, but offensive, yet few people like to be laughed at. rather a look of surprise and some annoyance.
I did not answer him for a minute, while Il “ Isn't it a mistake, dear mother, to encourage her reasoned with myself that men should not take coming ?" he asked, as he re-entered the room; “my offence readily; and, before I spoke, Dick said, “You father would not welcome the child of Robert Woolldon't admire my manners, Ben, to read your writing combe.” without leave, and then laugh at what you have “ Your father, Dick, knows well that I never refuse written, but do tell me what you would do if you the company of the troubled or the sorrowful.” were General. Our appetites are already sharp, " What is the matter with pretty little Miss and are like to be sharper if we cannot soon satisfy Woollcombe ?” asked Dick, half tenderly, half doubtthem; so, if you have anything to suggest which a fully. fellow short of a General may do, be good enough to “Her father is sick, and she is in doubt what to let me know."
do best for his comfort, whether to stay in Plymouth I laughed with Dick as I answered him that it or leave the town, and share the possible perils of would require authority to carry out my plans, far those who escape from it.” beyond what ensigns possess, so that I could not “ Surely," I said impulsively, when I had better aid him.
not have spoken, “ every good Parliamentarian has a " Then I will aid you,” he said good-temperedly. better chance of safety within the walls than outside My mother has plenty of provisions of some sort, of them. A sick man and a pretty woman shall be if she does lack fresh butter and meat and eggs, defended to the last drop of my blood." owing to the sharp look-out of Digby and his Cava- Dick looked at me, a little surprised, I thought, at liers; so come with me to her house, and you shall be the sudden heat with which I had spoken ; and Mrs. sure of a supper at least, and our messmates won't Tonkin said kindly and gently, “ Lucy Woollcombe grumble that we two are absent.”
and her father would not wish to thank a ParliaIt was not the first time that Dick Tonkin had mentarian officer for their safety, Benjamin.” shown himself thus friendly towards me, and I was " They are Royalists, Ben," added Dick, "and I well known to the members of his family, a lively don't wonder you are surprised at my mother, of such household of fine young men and pretty lasses, whom orthodox yiews, sheltering a malignant, even a pretty it was agreeable to look at and converse with. Mr. one." Tonkin, their father, was a somewhat stern, sedate " I should be surprised if she could do other than man of business, burdened with the present aspect of help anyone in trouble," I said, looking at Mrs. affairs. He was a ship-chandler, and saw serious Tonkin's gentle face. She smiled pleasantly at me, interruption to his business if the war continued and we ceased to talk of the Woollcombes. long. He was inclined to think that Dick and his The conversation then turned on home matters, other sons took matters too lightly, and did not and, in relating the various incidents which had trouble themselves enough to comprehend the reli- happened previous to my departure for Plymouth, I gious aspect of the country's struggle. Mrs. Tonkin ! forgot for a while the young visitor who had so No words of mine can do justice to her : the rooms excfted my interest. Soon the other members of seemed brighter for her presence; she came and the family returned from their wallis or their went like sunshine ; even when she left you, you felt occupations, and we supped cheerfully together. warmed and cheered because she had been with you. I thought of grandmother whenever we met, and she
CHAPTER III.-Defence and Defiance. the country under the dawning light was in
dreadful contrast to the sights and sounds that were “Fortune has hours of loss and hours of honour, And the most valiant feel them both, Take comfort; approached, and, perceiving we were enemies, gave at
so soon awakened. The sentries challenged as we The next is ours, I have a soul descries it. The angry bull never goes back for breath
once the signal for attack. Our blood being up, all But when he means to arm his fury double.'
compunction quickly vanished, and we made a fierce BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.
fight of it, and though only two of our men were I READ these lines one morning—that looks to killed, we managed to take a captain of theirs, me long ago, so much has happened since-out whose name I afterwards learned was Slawley, and of a little book my sisters joined together to give an ensign called Grenville, and fifty-two of their
on my birthday. My mother laughed at common soldiers, besides two of their colours and their choosing such a book for me, but Lettice three barrels of powder; whereupon, though they justified their choice by saying she knew I liked were stronger in numbers than we, but not in the “words in measure," and so I do. I am not “poetic," goodness of their cause, they fled, and we came off as people call it, far from it, nor do I want to be, but to our fort in the boats with prisoners and booty. words in measure arch through one's brain with We were joyously received by the good townsfolk of music, and the memory lingers longer upon them Plymouth, some of whom were rather cast down for the sweetness of the rhythm.
concerning the siege, the provisions now being low; Great things have happened here, and things to and there is nothing, as even I in my short experience be sorry for. Sir Alexander Carew, who had the have discovered, to make a man's heart more dejected command of our fort and the island of St. Nicholas, than an empty larder. But disaffection had so much has been suspected, only too justly, of tampering crept into the town, that Colonel Wardlaw, who was with the enemy, and we of the garrison narrowly now first in command, thought it best to act with escaped suspicion and censure-suspicion wholly firmness and promptness, in which all said he but unwarranted, not a man of us having imagined our imitated that great man and friend of my father, commander was other than a true man.
Oliver Cromwell. And it can be no kindness I do He was summoned to London, and there a dread heartily believe to play shilly-shally with traitors, ful, though not undeserved, doom awaited him, he inviting others thereby to turn traitor. being imprisoned and condemned to be beheaded Three malignants of the town were sent up to the as a traitor on Tower Hill. The next thing of Parliament, and several more were carefully watched moment that happened was the arrival of our and guarded and cut off from their fellows, like men expected reinforcements from Portsmouth, con- with a pestilent disorder, whom it is dangerous to sisting at the outset of six hundred men, under mingle with, for fear of contamination. A man, a Colonels Wardlaw and Gould. These officers landed sergeant, amongst our reinforcements, after this at Torbay, but strengthened Dartmouth with a skirmish at Hooe, was pleased to notice me for my hundred of their soldiers, coming on to Plymouth forward bravery,” as he called it, I having succeeded with the rest—a timely increase to our numbers in capturing the ensign and their colours, wherein I here, for there are many points to defend, and we are had some difficulty, lest when I looked after my man none too many in strength, considering the town the colours should be again recovered from my grasp gates, besides the outside fortifications.
by a malignant, or when I looked well after the The enemy surrounds us now on every hand and colours I should lose my man. food gets scarcer every day. I am better off than Upon hearing my name, Benjamin Holbeck, he many, because of the kindness of the Tonkins, but I seized my hand cordially, and exclaimed, “ Art can't eat what they send or bring me so generously, thou a son, brave lad, of that trusty Ironside, Benwhen I see men almost faint around me for lack of jamin Holbeck, out of Yorkshire ?” • Indeed I am." nourishment. The poor fellows are wonderfully I replied, and his words set my heart aglow and my grateful when I divide a cake of bread, or a salted face tingling with honest pride, and my mother, if she fish, or a plum-pudding, be it ever so plain, amongst reads this, may know well I had a score of questions them. I should not be sorry if I had a full basin to ask the man, and I learned much of the doings of of my mother's excellent porridge, at which I have the eastern association, into which the armies formed often turned up my impertinent nose, when I desired in the eastern counties of England had banded eggs or rashers instead. But porridge is an ex- themselves. The motto of the Ironsides, says this cellent meat for silencing a craving stomach. old sergeant, is to have the fear of God, and know no
Our reinforcements arrived on the 30th of other fear; and my father is one. Brave resolve ! September. On the 8th of this month (October) it was He spoke to me on adopting it as my motto, and decided to make a surprise, and three hundred of us, advised me seriously. But I will not say I believe amongst whom I was one, were put across in boats what I don't believe, to please any man. He smiled at night to the opposite shore to Mount Stamford, when I said this, and told me the Lord could break one of our forts, which we were well persuaded would down all stubborn pride of man's natural carnal be first attempted by the malignants. Dick Tonkin heart, and that he was glad I was at least fighting on sat beside me in the boat; he was bright and playful, the Lord's side, and brave at that. as always, but I think his heart was aching for his Amongst other questions I put to him was this, mother's trouble. My mother was too far away to whether there had been news out of Yorkshire of know that her lad was running any risk.
late for my father, and this he could not tell ; he At daybreak we were ordered to march to Hooe, could only report that my father wore a cheerful less than a mile away and close under the forts, to countenance, and looked hale and hearty, and was, in surprise the enemy's guard there. The beauty of the sergeant's estimate, a very handsome man, tall,
How I Fared at the Siege of Plymouth. :
erect, and every inch a soldier, while his prayers taking their captain, a gentleman called White, and were, he said, as good as his looks, and full of power fifty more prisoners. A guard was put there by us, and unction.
consisting of thirty musqueteers and an ensign. But Since this conversation, Sergeant Gurney has him- the next day we had the work to do over again, and, self taken quite a fatherly oversight of me, yet with though it is never an agreeable task to record the out any offensive freedom. I can but feel the good treacherous nature of our comrades, it must be confellow a link between my father and myself. fessed it was owing to the cowardice, or worse, of the
"My ensign," as I and others call him, because I commanding ensign, who will pay dearly for it with captured him, is a pretty, delicate youth, in whom his life, he being adjudged guilty by the military I take a great interest; he is very proud that authorities. The next day, I, having come over with he is connected with a great family of these parts; some additional troops, Sergeant Gurney among and would sooner lose his head, he says, than disgrace them, was amongst those who made a second assault his name.
on their works, but our victory over them was attained Our next adventure from this garrison was by no with the loss of so fine a soldier that it seemed to means successful, but as I was not in it, I cannot me more like a defeat. describe so well what happened. The enemy had Our Captain Corbett, the most popular captain been victorious at Dartmouth, and taken that town, amongst us, was cheering us on in the midst of our and Prince Maurice, nephew of the king, was stiffest task, and we were obeying him whom we advancing upon us. So à sally was made, while loved, gladly and cheerfully, when he fell, shot in the there was time, to Knackersknowle, and at first forehead, and had it not been that we silently vowed success attended the party, for, advancing upon the to revenge his death, the heart to fight would have enemy's guard there, they took more than twenty been utterly gone from us, through our grief. Three prisoners, but then our horse, who pursued the rest more of our captains were wounded, in these two of the guard that fled away, went too far, even on to days of hard fighting, and twenty of our men killed, the edge of Roborough Down, where they were sur- while more than a hundred were wounded, so that rounded by the enemy from their quarters on Ro- it was a greater slaughter and damage than I had yet borough, who took Lieutenant Chasing and fourteen seen, and my heart ached at the groans and shrieks
Our major, Searle by name, dashed through and sobs of some of those suffering com mrades, as well the enemy, and escaped to this town; but the rest as of the dying men amongst the ranks of the enemy. were made prisoners. Now the enemy closely sur- We find from our prisoners that six of their comrounded us, and things looked black enough, espe- manders, high in position, were killed. But our work cially because the other places in the west had at Fort Stamford was by no means at an end, indeed mostly surrendered to the malignants, and because we have had a stiff job for three weeks in all before the hearts of many in this town failed through fear. this matter was settled. After we had gained the
I saw less than I had done of the family of my friend enemy's work this second time, we slighted it, but to Dick Tonkin, for we were more intent upon our work, prevent the like approaches in future, because Mount and, as it were, in closer discipline, ever on the alert, Stamford was small and difficult to be held, we drew and girded up in constant preparation for whatever a line of communication east and west of it with half the next movement might be. Mr. Tonkin, I gathered moons at either end, which we defended stiffly for from Dick—and this less by direct speech than by some days—a hard task for onr men; and we had hints he gave me—was tired of the siege, and fearful many skirmishes with the malignants. that, if it continued much longer, business would be Sergeant Gurney distinguished himself ever by a ended and his fortune exhausted. Mrs. Tonkin, on silent, direct, quiet heroism, that I hope it much prothe contrary, was brave and bold, only troubled in fited me to observe, and I could but reflect that if all her mother's heart about the ill-luck that might befal the Ironsides watched and fought like this one of her son. She would not say ill-luck : she would call their number, the Parliament had in them a force of it “a permitted dispensation of Providence.” I no common order. He looked as if his motto were wonder whether she is happier for this belief in a ever in his heart, nerving his arm “ to fear God, and constant over-ruling of God in all our human know no other fear.” affairs ?
A breach was made at last by the enemy, for on The head-quarters of Prince Maurice are at Widey the 3rd of November they planted their batteries Court, on the north side of this town, and the troops within pistol-shot of our forts, and on the 5th they of the King narrowly surround us, they having erected battered our works with 200 demi-cannon, and whole works over against our forts. Their next action was culverin shot, besides other smaller cannon that of the utmost importance to the town; for they had flanked our line and played upon us continually from designs, as we too plainly perceived, on Stamford Fort, Oreston Hill. In this breach, Lieutenant Carew, a fine, a fort which, inasmuch as it stood on a height and healthy young fellow, was slain, and some gunners. commanded Sutton Pool and the shipping, and even By working all night we repaired this breach, the town, we were as anxious to keep.
thickened our ramparts as well as we could, and In the night of October 21st the malignants raised strengthened the weakest part with woolsacks. Dick a square work within pistol-shot of this fort, and Tonkin and I were together in this business, but the from thence drew a line with half-moons to surround loss of the Lieutenant made us solemn over it; it was it, thus to hinder our reliefs from coming into it. a dark night, and the wind sighed mournfully from Our men had a hard day's fighting with their cavalry over the sea, bringing with it a hint of fog and moisto destroy the works, but we fought bravely, and ture, that made the air chilly and oppressive to the repulsed them after three hours' conflict, getting senses. first their half-moon and then their close work, and The next day no further breach of any size was made, but they battered away till noon. By this our small strength more closely for the defence of time our troops were faint, and our guns must soon the town, and offering an opportunity to us to seize be silent, for provisions were run out almost to the upon the fort and island of St. Nicholas, the most last loaf, and ammunition was fast failing. We considerable strength in the kingdom, which had believe the enemy either knew or suspected as much, been neglected. The first action taken by our and so felt it was a good opportunity. Much blame commander-in-chief, Colonel Wardlaw, after our attached to the people in the town for not making loss of Fort Stamford, was, indeed, as this wise old some effort to help us. However, about one o'clock man had suggested, to send Colonel Goula, now the Royalists fell on us with horse and foot, that is on better of his wound received in the skirmish of our half-moons and lines, where we had a reasonable October 21st, to take possession both of the fort and guard, but our men had had eight days' duty and island, and put in them both stronger garrisons and anxious watching, and after an hour's skirmishing more ammunition and stores of all sorts. The four were forced to retreat, and were taken by the enemy's deputy-lieutenants who had had the command of this horse, who came on the backs of them. Our captain fort and this island, of whom the townsmen had great having now but seven men left out of thirty-six suspicion, believing them to be unfaithful to the gunners, and, seeing he could no longer defend him. State, were secured, and a new feeling of confidence self, yielded at last, being without provisions, and immediately sprang up in the town, and a greater having only two barrels of good powder and a small degree of unanimity between the people and the quantity of case shot.
garrison. We kept the enemy at bay, Sergeant Gurney But the malignants were jubilant when they largely helping to do this successfully, till he had secured Fort Stamford, and no longer doubted their signalled to the town by a flag that he was in distress, ability to take the town. Indeed, they issued a proand no answer came. Still, we marched out honour- clamation which showed how little they knew our ably, the enemy being glad enough to get rid of us at hearts, for while we determined that we would burn any price. This was about four o'clock, with our the town to ashes rather than surrender it to them, colours flying, matches lighted, bullets in mouth, they looked upon things as already in their power, and a demi-culverin the best in the work, with all as my mother will see, when she reads these words, our bag and baggage, and this further condition, that which I will transcribe for her : the enemy should exchange all the prisoners they had “ That you may see our hearty desire of a just taken of ours that day, being about forty, for the like peace, we do summon you in his Majesty's name to number of their prisoners with us, which the next day surrender the town, port, and island of Plymouth was effected accordingly.
with the warlike provisions thereunto belonging, I did not know till afterwards how great reason I into our hands for his Majesty's use. And we do had to rejoice respecting this arrangement concern hereby assure you, upon the power devised to us ing our prisoners, for Dick Tonkin, my dear friend, from his Majesty, upon the performance of a general whom I had missed without being able to learn pardon for what is past, and engage ourselves upon what had become of him, was amongst them, our honour to secure your persons and estates from having been slightly wounded, and so taken. But all violence and plunder. We have now acquitted the next day, greatly to my joy and his, he arrived ourselves on our parts, and let the blood that shall in one of the boats, and, because of his wound, be spilt in the obtaining of these just demands (if was taken to his home in Southside-street. His denied by you) be your guilt. Given under our mother's delight, after many days of terrible hands at Mount Stamford, the 18th day of November, anxiety, I need not describe, because my mother A.D. 1643. John Digby, Thomas Bassett, Peter when she reads this can as readily imagine it. Killigrew, John Wagstaffe, J. Trelawney, R. PriBy degrees, the loss of Mount Stamford was dis- deaux, John Arundell
, Thomas Marke, William covered to be rather an advantage than a real loss Arundell, John Downing, Thomas Stucley." to the strength of the town, for though the enemy As an answer to this manifesto, which caused no supposed he had got the key to the place by this fort, small consternation and discussion at first both in such is by no means proved to be the case. Yet not the town and through the garrison, a covenant was only has he obtained this fort but also some new entered into. I have a strong suspicion that the works of ours on a somewhat lower level of the dauntless Ironsides sergeant, Gurney, was the one same hill, called Haw Start, or Mount Batten. To to propose this, with all reverence to his superiors this place we first marched after we left Fort
Stam- The man, from his honest, simple, straightforward ford, and we were ordered to keep it through the goodness and singleness of heart, has obtained & night.
great influence over us all, from our commanding Sergeant Gurney openly declares that all may see Colonel Wardlaw to the meanest, youngest drummerthe loss of Fort Stamford was the wonderful provi- boy. I cannot help myself when I am with him, dence and goodness of God towards us, for had we from looking at this war quite in another manner to kept it we must necessarily have lost the best part what I had at first regarded it. Liberty to do rightly of our strength in the defence of it. And he also is a sacred thing to Sergeant Gurney, and not to be gives these reasons: the ships were beaten out of given up at any king's command ; if we yield to the Cattewater before we lost it by the enemy's cannon King, who is himself a traitor to the constitution of planted at Oreston, and on the other side by a England and to the truth, having gone from his battery from Mount Edgecumbe, from riding be- word grievously at many times, we have fellowship tween St. Nicholas Island and the main, so that with darkness, and are on the side, not of God, but they were fain to take Mill Bay for a sanctuary. of the devil.
This loss is advantageous to us, by our uniting So a solemn day of humiliation was proclaimed ;
and as many as possible of the troops, and almost
J LIFE PRESERVER. all the townsfolk, attended Divine worship, and took this vow and covenant, an engagement such, as I hear, has been entered into, in many other parts ES, he saved my life once," said the old soldier, of England; all the inhabitants were ordered to
“ he did, the brute, just as well as if he was subscribe to it:
one of Miss Nightingale's women; and that's “In the presence of Almighty God, I vow and pro
saying something, I can tell you." test that I will to the utmost of my power faithfully • Tell us about it, grandfather!" maintain and defend the towns of Plymouth and
“Well, my children, you've heard it all before." Stonehouse, the fort and island, with all the out
“ That's the reason why we like to hear it all works and fortifications to the same belonging, again," said the children. against all forces now raised against the said fort Well, it was after that regular hot fight beforeand island or any part thereof; or that shall be you remember how I've told you about that long day's raised by any power or authority whatsoever, with work. It was two o'clock in the afternoon, when I out the consent of both Houses of Parliament. got a bullet into me, a share so near the heart that Neither will I by any way or means whatsoever con- it must have been a tough one to go on beating, while trive, or consent to the giving up of the said town I was lying as unconscious as a dead man. I must and fortifications aforesaid, or any parcel of them, have lain there many hours, for the first thing that into the hand of any person or persons whatsoever, brought me back to myself was something warm without the consent of both Houses of Parliament, on my chin, and I opened my eyes to see the little or of such as are authorised thereunto by them. white moon in the skies, looking as peaky as if the Neither will I raise or consent to the raising of any sight of blood turned her pale. force or tumult, nor will I, by any way or means, Well, I was stark cold and all numb, save for the give or yield to the giving of any advice, counsel, or horrible pain eating up my side, and a mercy it was intelligence to the prejudice of the said town and I could feel the pain, for otherwise they'd have taken fortifications, either in whole or in part, but will, a dying man to the hospital, with mortification creepwith all faith, fully discover to the Mayor of ing up me. But the bit of warmth I felt was Dago's Plymouth and to the Commander-in-Chief there, breath all fuming over my chin, and his tongue whatsoever design I shall know or hear yf, hurtful licking my face. Such a light came into his eyes thereunto. Neither have I accepted any pardon or when he saw me look at him, and he licked his mouth protection, nor will I accept any protection, from as he always did when he was mightily pleased, and the enemy. And this vow or protestation I make I can tell you he wasn't mightily pleased easily, like without any equivocation or mental reservation some people who go into fits of delight if you only whatsoever, believing that I cannot be absolved
say, “How d'ye do ?”' to 'em. from this my vow and protestation, and wishing Dago was a fine creature, a sheep-dog, pure-bred, no blessing from God on myself or my posterity and as faithful as me to my baccy. He was a great if I do not sincerely and truly perform the same. pet with our men, and followed us up from BasutoSo help me God.”
land, took to the regiment at once, and never would have anything to say to another regiment. His
collar had the regimental badge on it, and he was a [I desire to express my indebtedness to the authors of many works, consulted in connection with this tale, from whom, in prime favourite, I can tell you. But though he liked several instances I have quoted, and more especially to Mr. all the men in a general sort of way, anyone could Worth, author of “The History of Plymouth," and "The tell the man he liked best. He used to behave to me Siege of Plymouth," a chapter of Plymouth history re-written, just as he did to nobody else, and show as much as
The works consulted have been Carlyle's “ Life and Letters if he was a Christian, and perhaps more, that he of Cromwell,” Warburton's "Prince Rupert," Miss Strick- didn't think there was a man fit to sound a trumpetland's “Lives of the Stuart Princesses," Hallam's “Con call beside of me. He knew the tone of it, and used stitutional History," Vaughan's “Protectorate of Cromwell,'. Gardiner's "England under the Duke of Buckingham ana to sit down facing me, and howl for company, though Charles I.,” Milton's prose works, “Fairfax Letters,” Corres- not just on the right note, I must say. pondence of Queen Henrietta Maria,” “King Charles in the I do believe he would have enjoyed being a Isle of Wight,"' &c., &c.-M. A. PAULL.]
trumpeter, though he did uncommonly well as a dog.
Well, there he was, licking me, and pawing me, and begging me not to give up, but to stick to life a little longer until help came. They say those as mean to live have more chance than those as don't want to. Well, if he'd poured a bottle of brandy down my throat, he couldn't have put more spirit into me. I couldn't move a muscle, and I couldn't call up a voice out of my chest, anyhow. So I just pursed up my lips, and gave the wheeziest whistle as ever you heard, and he wagged his head so joyfully, that I do think my heart went a bit better for it.
He had the sense to know I was cold, and he just settled himself on different parts of my body for a few minutes at a time, and presently I began to feel my blood warming. I had fallen in a part of the field where there had been a rush, and there was not a