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An illustrated appreciation, of the most interesting districts in Sussex.

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92                             A TIME-HONOURED JOKE                      CH. ix
barrel, from which he would spring up and deliver a sounding drub upon the head of whatever other character—husband or policeman—might be passing, to their complete perplexity. They were, of course, incapable of learning anything from ex­perience. At other times he hid himself or others in the straw, in the chest, or under the table. When, in a Country district such as this, one hears the laughter that greets so venerable a piece of pantomime, one is surprised that circus owners think it worth while to secure novelties at all. The primitive taste of West Sussex, at any rate, cannot require them.
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