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him again at the same price I had all my Ex-pences paid Because I had a dog there was 5 or 6 dogs but mine was Calld the best. We had a good dinner, a round of Beef Boild a good piece roasted a Lag of mutton and Ham of Pork and plum pudden plenty of wine & punch all the after Noon there was a great many people."
Only once he recorded of himself that he " Washed in Ye Sea."
Ditchling has suddenly sprung into fame in the newspaper world ! In May, 1920, the first village news-sheet was produced at Ditchling by Mr. Gerard Meynell. The first number, printed on two sides of a single sheet, gives utterance to local grievances—such as that of being " thrown into the ditch by motor charabancs full of trippers "— rebukes the discrepancies of the village clock, publishes the bus time-table, has its poets' corner, gives full reports of the cricket club's performances and offers a tip for the Derby.
The poets of Ditchling have come forward with
some rather good things, one of which runs as
" The bricks and tiles are red and brown, In the roofs and walls of Ditchling Town, Tangled roofs and cottages neat, Clustered together where four roads meet— Ditchling under the Hill.