Just before the suburb of Allerton the ground is a dead flat, and here the flying lake had covered a space a mile broad, doing frightful damage to property but not much to life, because wherever it expanded it shallowed in proportion.
In part of this flat a gentleman had a beautiful garden and pleasure-grounds overnight: they were now under water, and their appearance was incredible; the flood expanding here and then contracting, had grounded large objects and left small ones floating. In one part of the garden it had landed a large wheat- rick, which now stood as if it belonged there, though it had been built five miles off.
In another part was an inverted summer-house and a huge water-wheel, both of them great travelers that night.
In the large fish-pond, now much fuller than usual, floated a wheel- barrow, a hair mattress, an old wooden cradle, and an enormous box or chest.
Little went splashing through the water to examine the cradle: he was richly rewarded. He found a little child in it awake but perfectly happy, and enjoying the fluttering birds above and the buoyant bed below, whose treacherous nature was unknown to him. This incident the genius of my friend Mr. Millais is about to render immortal.
Little's shout of delight brought Ransome splashing over directly. They took up the cradle and contents to carry it home, when all of a sudden Ransome's eye detected a finger protruding through a hole in the box.
"Hallo!" said he. "Why, there's a body inside that box."
"Good heavens!" said Little, "he may be alive."
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and slender in person, he was a hard-working, care-worn,
can stand more fatigue than most men, probably on account
guns and gin. My people shall fight with the spear, and
big farm, evidently finding in the society of this rougher
ointment, of which there was a pot in the little box, and