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the children, and lastly, papa and mamma themselves.
"Now we are off!" cried Lewis. " Papa, have you told the man which way we are to go ?"
His father nodded assent.
" Edward," said Helen, "you look very knowing; I do believe you are in the secret."
" Oh ! it is no secret now," Edward said: " we are on the road to the Dyke, and I have been helping mamma this morning to prepare for the trip; only I would not talk about it, for fear the weather should disappoint you."
" I will try to bear disappointments better," said Lewis, who had not forgotten the incident of the morning; " and then papa and mamma will not