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pronounced upon him, he thereby escaped the punishment which the heinousness of his complicated crimes deserved, and which was the next day most justly inflicted upon his accomplices. As a memorial and a warning to this and succeeding generations this stone is erected."
Two others of the gang were afterwards taken and tried at Newgate, and both ordered to be hung in chains. They were named Fairhall and Kingsmill. They behaved, it is said, most impudently during their trial, and were frequently reprimanded, but to no purpose. Fairhall is reported to have said u he did not value being hanged," and before his trial asked for a pipe and tobacco and a bottle of wine, adding, " as he was not to live long he might as well live well the short time he was in the world." One Perin, a member of the gang, was ordered to be hung and then buried, and Fairhall remarked to this man, who was lamenting the harsher sentence on his comrades, " We shall be hanging up in the sweet air when you are rotting in your grave." He was evidently of a philosophic turn.
Poaching is in the blood of the Burwash people, and Kipling's Hobden, a man who knows and loves the earth, is a splendid study in the psychology of the man of the soil.