“That poor devil who escaped from Dartmoor five days ago.”
“Is that your news?”
“There have been several escapes lately.”
“But they’ve all been caught in no time; this chap ain’t, and by gum, lad, if he come’d my way I’d help him out. I don’t believe they’ll get him; at least I hopes not.”
“They’ll have him right enough,” said Dick. “A convict at large is a danger to all on the moor.”
“This one ain’t,” said Brack. “‘Sides, he may be innocent.”
“Innocent men don’t get into Princetown,” said Dick.
“That’s just where yer wrong,” said Brack. “I’ve a brother in there now, and he’s innocent, I’ll swear it.”
Dick maintained a diplomatic silence.
“Of course you’ll not believe it, but it’ll come out some day. He was on a man-o-warsman, and they lagged him for knocking a petty officer overboard; the chap was drowned, but Bill swore he never had a hand in it, and I believes him. At the trial it came out Bill had a down
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