In " Traffics and Discoveries " is a story concerned with the hamlet of Washington. This story is " They." The village is four miles west of Steyning, just by the road over the Findon Gap to Worthing.
Washington has had more than its share of fame, and serves to call to the reader's mind Hilaire Belloc's vigorous song of the ale of the Washington Inn, and his book on " The Four Men," in which he indulges in his humours on behalf of Sussex against Kent and the rest of the inhabited world. From the following quotation it will be understood that the Washington Inn is the true fount of that great and generous gift of the goddess Ceres—Old Ale.
Myself ; " Have you heard of Washington Inn ? " Grizzlebeard: " Why, yes, all the world has heard of it; and when Washington, the Virginian, a general overseas, was worriting his army together a long time ago, men hearing his name would say : ' Washington ? . . . Washington ? . . . I know that name.' Then