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CHAPTER VIII

on the night. Closer, the white line of Romney weir cut the darkness of the river. Softly, thumped the band, an occasional trombone blaring louder into the night air. Giant poplars shot up high above their heads. Denis wrapped his coat round Joan. Dew was on the ground. Mr. Bailey's pipe glowed regularly and died again. Mrs. Bailey's fingers found Denis's hand.
The murmur of voices increased, as the first boat appeared. One after the other the nine slim shells glided past, turned, and the great venture began. In the lower boats the eight oarsmen and cox had to raise themselves upright, holding their oars before them, while the boat drifted on the stream. The crew of the three upper boats had only to stand upright. To make it more difficult they were all given a banquet down river, when vast quantities of some stimulating cup were supposed to be drunk.
The procession of boats started. Just opposite the crowded shore the coxswain's order rang out. Stroke ceased rowing and stood up briskly. More or less nervously the rest of the crew straightened in a series of jerks. The boat glided on through the cheers of both banks, while eight more figures crept cautiously to their feet a few yards behind them. Five boats passed safely, and the crew of the sixth was almost up, when bow, unused to strong liquor, sat down abruptly. Two swayed to starboard, recovered for an instant, then flopped in the water. The boat heeled gracefully over, oars tracing a slow arc through the night, before they splashed among the swimmers. The bank shouted and cheered like mad, while the crew scrambled ashore, damp but smiling. A few straw hats floated on the stream.
After this gallant plunge the faultless performances of the following boats seemed tame. But suddenly a deep boom shook the air. A plaintive scream and a hollow crack high above their heads. A rain of silver stars sank languidly. The fireworks had begun. ooooOOOOO went the rockets. BANG. Then OOOOooooo the note died away and was lost. The crowd took it up. ooooOOOOO. A thousand boys drew in their breath, OOOOooooo, and exhaled in a melancholy

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