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(Continued from p. 268, Vol. II.)
PROPOSE in the present chapter to soar to a rather higher
sphere than even Leckhampton's rugged steep affords, and have the audacity to attempt the summit of Cleeve Cloud, which, if my memory be not treacherous, is about 200 feet nearer being "in nubibus." For a long time it was a great source of speculation to us whether our then short legs could carry us to the top and back within the regulation time. We drew our ill-founded conclusion that it was impossible from the size of three trees growing together just by the top, not allowing, as we ought to have done, for the usual consequences of winds in dwarfing them. It was therefore with great anxiety that we waited for Michaelmas Day, intending to devote it to an expedition thither.
Time flew by, and "St. Goose's Day" dawned quite to our liking. Of course, the hotter the sun the better pleased were we, and walking at as good a pace as we could well keep up along a dusty white road would not be a subject for letters patent as a new refrigerator. We took that road which now leads past the Cemetery gates, and in after days we used to follow the same on account of the numerous pillars that "pastured" on the banks and hedges. "drinker" and "common tiger" were the most frequently met with. The latter more often go by the name of " woolly bears," on account of the quantity of hair they have; a source, I may mention, of dire distress to any unwary person detaining one a prisoner in his hand. It quite equals the unpleasant trick so often played with the inside fur of rose "heps."
No. 19.-Vol. III.