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THE DABBLERS

and not being musical I can't give you any idea of the tune. It was very ragged with gaps in it, and there was something about it which I can only describe as disturbing. Anyhow I had no desire to investigate. I stood still for two or three minutes listening and then let myself out by the lodge gate into the deserted High Street. My bedroom above the tobacconist's looked out on to a lane that led down to the river. Through the open window I could still hear, very faintly, the singing. Then a dog began to howl, and when after a quarter of an hour it stopped: the June night was again still. Next morning in the masters' common room I asked if any one could account for the singing.
" `It's the Dabblers," said old Moneypenny, the science master, "they usually appear about now."
`Of course I asked who the Dabblers were.
" `The Dabblers," said Moneypenny, "are carol singers born out of their due time. They are certain lads of the village who, for reasons of their own, desire to remain anonymous; probably choir-boys with a grievance, who wish to pose as ghosts. And for goodness' sake let sleeping dogs lie. We've thrashed out the Dabbler controversy so often that I'm heartily sick of it."
`He was a cross-grained customer and I took him at his word. But later on in the week I got hold of one of the junior masters and asked him what it all meant. It seemed an established fact that the singing did occur at this particular time of the year. It was a sore point with Moneypenny, because on one occasion wher. somebody had suggested that it might be boys from the schoolhouse skylarking he had completely lost his temper.
" `All the same," said Atkinson, "it might just as well be our boys as any others. If you are game next year we 'll try to get to the bottom of it."
`I agreed and there the matter stood. As a matter of fact when the anniversary came round I had forgotten all about the thing. I had been taking the lower school in prep. The boys had been unusually restless-we were less than a month from the end of term-and it was with a sigh of relief that I turned into

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