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An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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SUSSEX DOWNS
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heaven prove a micher and eat blackberries ? ' Mouching, a form of the same word, is used for playing truant from school; while blackberries, known too often to the schoolmaster as the incen­tive to mouching, are mouchers too.
One of Colepepper's stories is of two Sussex broom-squires who, meeting at Heffle Cuckoo Fair, exchanged confidences over a tankard or so of ale :
" Bob, I'm honest-innocent of how you can sell your brooms so cheap like. I steals the ling, I steals the butts, and I steals the binders ; but I can't sell 'em as cheap as you. What's your say ? "
" Surely," said the other broom-squire with pride, " you see I steals 'em ready-made."
And here is another anecdote. Old Colepepper offered to provide a tramp with ale and dinner if he would in return help him to dig up a plot of land. " The tramp had seen better days, you mind," said he, to give a point to the story, " but when I did ask 'im, he said right sharp, ' Dig ? God A'mighty ought to have invented something between a tramp and a horse to do digging ! ' "
I doubt if the village of Felpham will have any literary associations for the reader, yet William Hayley spent his later years here. He was a
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