Excerpt from The Boys of Highfield, or the Hero of Chancery House
Today there was something unusual going on, for although it was now dusk, the boys remained talking together as if some important point had to be settled, which was both difficult and disagreeable.
Presently a police sergeant appeared at the gate, and, opening it, walked directly towards the spot where the boys were assembled.
As soon as the boys saw him coming, several whispered to Clement Brand, Now, Brand! You talk to him and Clement stepped forward as the spokesman of the club, to meet the representative of the law. Tall for his age, which was seventeen, Clement looked almost a young man, and, to judge from his bearing, he regarded him self as such. 'what is it, sergeant?' he inquired, in a pleasant voice, which betrayed no anxiety as to the interview. The police sergeant was a big man with a good-humoured face, and he knew every member of the club as well as they knew him.
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