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THE DABBLERS

emissaries of the Church of Rome that creep into the pages of George Borrow-hatred and fear masked in ribaldry. I could give you other examples, the holly and ivy carols, for instance, which used to be sung by boys and girls to the accompaniment of a dance, and which, according to some people, embody a crude form of nature worship.!
'And the point of all this is what?' asked Freeman.
`That there is 'a body of tradition, ignored by the ordinary adult, handed down by one generation of children to another. If you want a really good example-a really bad example I should say, I'll tell you the story of the Dabblers.' He waited until Freeman and Scott had filled their pipes and then began.
`When I came down from Oxford and before I was called to the Bar, I put in three miserable years at school teaching.'
Scott laughed.
`I don't envy the poor kids you cross-examined,' he said.
`As a matter of fact, I was more afraid of them than they of me. I got a job as usher at one of Freeman's old grammar schools, only it had not been remodelled and the headmaster was a completely incompetent cleric. It was in the eastern counties. The town was dead-alive. The only thing that seemed to warm the hearts of the people there was a dull smouldering fire of gossip, and they all took turns in fanning the flame. But I mustn't get away from the school. The buildings were old; the chapel had once been the choir of a monastic church. There was a fine tithe barn, and a few old stones and bases of pillars in the headmaster's garden, but nothing more to show where monks had lived for centuries except a dried-up fish pond.
`Late in June at the end of my first year, I was crossing the playground at night on my way to my lodgings in the High Street. It was after twelve. There wasn't a breath of air, and the playing fields were covered with a thick mist from the river. There was something rather weird about the whole scene; it was all so still and silent. The night smelt stuffy; and then suddenly I heard the sound of singing. I don't know where the voices came from nor how many voices there were,

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