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his courageous nature than what he held; and having sent for him at his patron's request, the latter was so pleased at Harry Daring's undauntedness that he presently took him into his service, and had him taught something of maritime affairs, designing him to be a petty officer in his projected expedition. At this no one could be in such huge delight as our young barber-chirurgeon. He left East Cheap with an especial contempt of all things appertaing to chirurgery and barbering, and with the particular gratification of his master; for the tricks the apprentice had played upon his best customers were so frequent and of such a sort that they were quickly destroying of his business. Therefore with marvellous gladness of heart he cancelled his indentures, and was well pleased to get rid of him at soo cheap a rate : but Harry Daring went not without displaying of his love of mischief, or as he called it, " exquisite fine fun," in a manner best suited to his humour at such a time. He played such confusion among the medicaments as must sadly have puzzled old Lather to know what he had hold of when he should next meddle with them; for he mixed the liniments with the juleps, the syrups with the acids, and the purgatives with the carminatives. Then he notched the razors, broke off the points of the lancets, cut the brushes in such a fashion that upon being used all the bristles should fall out, and set a shelf of

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gallipots so insecure that on the slightest touch of his master, they should all tumble on his head. After this he parted with the old man in a wonderful gravity, but from the time he got out of sight of him, up to his joining of Master Francis, he kept himself in a continual chuckle of delight at the thought of the monstrousness of old Lather's rage upon his discovering of what he had been at.

When he found himself with his true friend Master Francis he seemed as happy as his heart could be, for that he loved him with a perfect sincerity was out of all question. His friend was some few years the elder of the two, and was looked up to by him as something much superior to himself, because of his superior learning and the gentlemanliness of his appearance. Though he sought as much as he was able to keep down the mischievous propensities of the other, and Harry Daring seemed as if he would do anything to pleasure him, he had no great success in his efforts, for Harry was always a playing of some tricks upon the serving men, whereof there were few who liked him much at first, but before a very long time he had cudgelled them all into respect of him; and once when Peter had come with his master, Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, a visiting at Sherborne, and that quarrelsome varlet had began a bullying of Harry Daring for having chalked an ass's head upon his back whilst he was asleep, Harry straightway challenged

him to a bout at quarter staff, and in half of an hour or less, had given the big fellow such a drubbing that he was fain to cry out he had had enough of him. But such was the greatness of his spirit, that upon very little occasion he would fight like a dragon with any one, or any number, be they big or little, and he seemed as if he would rather die than give in. He constantly exercised himself with Master Francis in the firing of pistols, guns, in the use of the sword, and other warlike amusements, in which he quickly attained great practice, and he took care that he should hurt him not; but if he was a fencing with any other for whom he cared but little, depend on't he would give him a sly cut, and then put on a face of such concern at the accident, that every one believed he had not done it on

the purpose.

With Stephen Shortcake, who had now become Sir Walter's steward, though he rated him famously when he found him at such things as driving of all the cocks together and setting them a fighting—or getting of the dogs to worry the bull—or tying of the tail of the old sow to that of a cat, and while the one scratched the other with a hideous screeching, the old sow took to her heels, a grunting at such a rate that the whole neighbourhood was in an uproar, and he upon the back of a jackass, without any other bridle than a halter, hunted them over the fields, a whipping of his steed, a laughing, and hallooing like mad—his fearlessness made him somewhat of a favourite, the which grew to a greater liking when, as he was returning from a neighbouring fair, the old man was set upon by thieves, and as they were a rifling of him up came Harry Daring with his cudgel, and he so belaboure them that one was left for dead, and the rest, rely bruised, took themselves off with such speed of foot that they presently were gone clean out of sight. This piece of good service Stephen Shortcake never forgot, and told Sir Walter of it, and every one else he could, to the great credit of his defender; nay, when complaints were made to him of such mischief as the

young rogue would oft do, he would hush it up as well as he could, that it might not come to the ears of his master.

Once Harry Daring was a walking along the high road by himself, anxious for some sport, he cared not of what sort, he met an old woman in a red cloak a going to market, seated on the top of a high horse between two panniers full of eggs; and walking by the side of her, he very soberly entered into a discourse upon the price of butter and cheese and such things; when all of a sudden he fired a pistol close unto the horse's ear, at the which the animal set off full gallop, pitching of the old woman head foremost into a neighbouring ditch, and shaking of the panniers till the eggs were all of

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a smash. After laughing heartily, he presently lifted the old dame out of the ditch, luckily in no way hurt, yet in as complete a pickle as was possible for her to be in; and, much lamenting of the accident, he caught her horse, which he brought to her to mount; but when she saw all her eggs a streaming through the panniers, and Dobbin's sides as yellow as a piece of gold, she would have none of his lamentations, and on the instant broke out into such a fury as might have been terrible for any one else to have looked upon. Of this he took no heed; but quickly began abusing of her in return, after so aggravating a fashion, that she ran at him to give him a good clouting, whereupon he dodged her round the horse till he made her legs ache again, laughing all the time, as if he had never had such excellent pastime; and when he had made sufficient sport of her, he took a quick run, and making a leap over the hedge close by which she stood, to her great astonishment vanished from her sight. However, it so happened that she found out where he lived, and she soon came in a desperate rage, and with a woeful tale, to Stephen Shortcake, who, rather than Sir Walter Raleigh should hear of it, paid her handsomely out of his own gains for the damage she had been at, which sent her away in a better humour: but he allowed not Harry to get off from this mischievous trick of his without speaking to him severely upon the very heinousness of


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