The Outlaws

On a half-holiday, a disgusted William is asked by his mother to look after a friend’s baby for the afternoon. Taking it to the Old Barn, for want of a better idea, the Outlaws decide to hold the child to ransom. They all go off for fifteen-minute adventures, and upon their return discover the baby covered from head to foot in the remains of their ‘feast’. When Henry and Douglas bring back a cow – “to kill an’ roast” – it presently eats the baby’s bonnet. The final nail in the coffin occurs when the pram is ‘borrowed’ by some boys to ride in. The child’s parent is…well, not so happy…

Originally featured in Home Magazine March 1919

FROM THE COW’S MOUTH HUNG THE CHEWED REMAINS OF THE HAT. THE COW AND THE BABY GAZED ADMIRINGLY AT EACH OTHER.

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