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He could get no ease by lying on either side, and to lie on his back was simply impossible; and all through the long hours of that never-to-be-forgotten night he tossed about sleepless and utterly disconsolate. Never before had a night appeared so interminable to Master Toby Cadman; he could not sleep for the pain, occasioned by the severity of his punishment. At last, after long and patient practice in standing on one leg, he contrived to shoe himself; and, giving a glance of vindictive hatred to Charley Graham as he lay still sleeping, he turned to the door, muttering as he did so: 'It was you that said to flog me, and I'll be even with you yet, or my name isn't Toby. Whatever it was that had struck him as a good revenge, a silly black and white kitten appearing at the kitchen window altered his plan, and he at once turned aside to catch it. Dressed at length, he proceeded to put on his boots, for which purpose he sat down upon a chair by his bed side, but he had barely touched the cold hard seat, when his head came in violent contact with the low ceiling, and he gave up that idea in despair. ' Slowly and painfully he crawled down stairs and out into the garden, all white with the snow, that had fallen through the night. 'As my old man says:—"There's nothing like bleeding in these extreme cases."' 'My word, Charley, the cat has scratched him awful! ' said Tom Ray, the son of a druggist in the Strand, who was intended for his father's profession. The ominous suggestion had the desired effect, and in the twinkling of an eye, Toby rose from the sheets like a ghost in his cerements. ' he gasped, glancing piteously around the group of juvenile, but determined faces. If you've been asleep, you haven't heard what we've got against you! 'Look here, prisoner at the bar,' said the provost, 'If you speak a word while I'm addressing the jury, we hang you first, and try you after, so you'll know to expect.' The miserable Toby stood staring imploringly from one face to another; but he met with no sympathy anywhere; all eyed him with contempt and disgust.
Charley Graham wore a leather belt instead of braces, and being 'senior officer of the Court,' as the other boys called him, gave the first instalment of the hundred, which he laid on with a will.
'And you run them to fight with pistols, because you knew that Frank was a good shot; and Harry wasn't, and most likely would be killed! Toby made a rush for the door, but was quickly caught, and thrown down upon one of the beds.
'Just make a clean breast of it, Toady, and perhaps we'll let you off this time! Drowning men catch at straws, and Toby, thinking to propitiate his tormentors, told the ludicrous tale of his 'being sweet on little Ruth Scott,' and how, when he found that she cared more for Harry Fenton than for him, he had got up the row in hopes that Harry would get knocked on the head. ' 'We mustn't hang him anyhow, so my sentence is one hundred lashes upon the bare skin, to be given in equal share by each of us,' said the president, with judicial dignity.
' said Dick Colridge, suddenly beginning to think of consequences.
'By George, Charley, we'll get into a jolly row to-morrow, when the old doctor gets wind of our hiding Toby!
Charley Graham's attention being called to the fact by one of the boys, he removed the obstruction, and the unfortunate wight, between sobs and tears, protested that he was perfectly satisfied of the justice of the proceeding's, and promised with energy to say nothing of the evening's amusement, if the boys would only save him from the gallows by saying nothing about the duel.