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How gloriously savage the sea looks tonight!”

“Well, here goes, my last shot,” cried Molly ; and scrambling out of the boat, she lifted herself on tiptoe, raising her arm above her head, her face set in the direction of the cliff nearest to the town.

“One, two, three-away!"

As the word “away!" passed her red lips, ringing clearly through the still air, the sharp piece of flint winged its swift flight upwards, and fell many yards from the spot on which the thrower stood. Something dark and tall, the figure of a man, outlined itself there in the distance against the cliff side ; and Molly, her tone divided between mirth and fright, caught Anne's hand, exclaiming

“Let us run, Nanny. I'm afraid I'm almost sure I hit him !"

CHAPTER II.

ANNE BLOOMFIELD RECEIVES VISITORS OF TITLE.

MR BLOOMFIELD and his girls were not favourites in the society of Seaford and Blatchington, and our pretty maidens consequently got “asked out” very little. Reasons were obvious :- Mr Bloomfield, who was known thereabouts as the “master," had kept a little sixpenny school-so the would-be-swells of the neighbourhood termed his seminary for young gentlemen—and had not retired upon a fortune. Of course you can't expect that Mrs Cheesemonger James, whose husband had retired upon the fortune he had made in Tottenham Court Road, and had bought a country-house down there in the town, should seek the society of Molly and Anne for her buxom daughters, three young women who aped ultra-fashion, never went out without gloves, and rode superb high stepping horses. Mrs Cheesemonger James alleged to Mrs Ogden, the

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1872.

249. q. 109.

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