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1874. Excerpt: ... THE ARGOSY. JANUARY i, 1874. IN THE DEAD OF
NIGHT. CHAPTER I. OVER THE CLIFF. AHOT, windless August day had
settled down into a dull, brooding evening, presageful of a coming
storm. It was nearly dark by the time Lionel Dering was ready to
turn his face homeward. The tide was coming in with an ominous
muffled roar; the wind, unfelt all day, was now blowing in fitful
puffs from various points of the compass, so that the weathercock
on the green, in front of the Silver Lion, was more undecided than
usual, and did not know its own mind for two minutes at a time. The
boatmen were busy with their tiny craft, making everything fast for
the night; and the bathing men were dragging their machines high
and dry beyond reach of the incoming tide. Many of the
excursionists--those with families chiefly--were already making
their way towards the railway station; but others there were who
seemed bent on keeping up their merriment to the last moment. These
latter could be seen through the wide-open windows of the Silver
Lion, footing it merrily on the club-room floor, to the music of
two wheezy fiddles. A few minutes later there comes a warning
whistle from the engine. The music stops suddenly; the quadrille is
left unfinished; pipes are laid aside; glasses are quickly emptied;
and the lads and lasses, with many a shout and burst of laughter,
rush helter-skelter across the green, to find their places in the
train. "We shall have a rough night, Ben," said Mr. Dering to a man
who was coming up from the beach. "Yes, sir, there's a storm
brewin' fast," answered Ben, carrying a finger to his forehead. "If
I was you, Mr. Dering," he added, "I VOL. XVII. B wouldn't go over
the cliffs to-night. It ain't safe after dark, and the storm '11
break afore you get home." But Mr. Dering...
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