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    James Payn
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. THE SIEGE AND THE SACK. It is but right to state that the majority of the besieged persons were fully conscious that they had provoked attack. Outrages and reprisals had, it is true, for many years passed as naturally as compliments in other places, between the Charlton Fair folks and the. tenants of the Military Academy, but these had been intermitted for a considerable time, and the treatment the two young men had received at the hands of these roystering roughs would have been very savage and severe, even if it had been provoked. It was only by a gallant charge of their natural and hereditary enemies, the police, that their young lives had been preserved, although their limbs, as we know, had not been so fortunate. The unarmed mob in the main thoroughfare broke and fled at the first charge: underwaggons and tent-ropes they scuttled to left and right, the boldest making for the hedges where the stakes grew, and the wiliest lying flat on their faces behind the pictures that fronted the caravans. The cry was not indeed " Sauve qui pent!" for it was, " Here are them scaly cadets !" but the effect was precisely the same as that which takes place in military .surprises upon a larger scale : only it was. more difficult to save oneself by running, on account of the youthful agility of the assailants, who laid about them also with a vigour beyond their years. It was no child's play on either .side, for whenever a belt-plate came in contact with a man's skull it cut a hole in it: while, on the other hand, not a few of the roughs were armed with bludgeons, while the big sticks employed in the " Aunt Sally" game of those days (for that lady is of ancient lineage) and the heavy legs of the pea-and- thimble tables afforded weapons to others. The discipline of the invader...  
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