Ransome apologized, and beckoning a constable, handed him the Shifty.
"Take him to the Town Hall, and give him every comfort. He is Number One."
This man's escape was not so strange as it appeared. The flood never bombarded his house--he was only on the hem of it. It rose and filled his house, whereupon he bored three holes in his great chest, and got in. He washed about the room till the abating flood contracted, and then it sucked him and his box out of the window. He got frightened, and let the lid down, and so drifted about till at last he floated into the hands of justice.
Little and Ransome carried the child away, and it was conveyed to the hospital and a healthy nurse assigned it.
Ransome prevailed on Little to go home, change his wet clothes and lie down for an hour or two. He consented, but first gave Ransome an order to lay out a thousand pounds, at his expense, in relief of the sufferers.
Then he went home, sent a message to Raby Hall, that he was all right, took off his clothes, rolled exhausted into bed, and slept till the afternoon.
At four o'clock he rose, got into a hansom, and drove up to Woodbine Villa, the happiest man in England.
He inquired for Miss Carden. The man said he believed she was not up, but would inquire.
In three strides he found his foot splashing in water.
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