William Joins the Band of Hope

Having been forced to clean himself up after a rowdy game of ‘Tigers and Tamers’ (nothing like the banned game of ‘Lions and Tamers’ he ensures his mother), Mrs. de Vere Carter comes round for tea and wants William to represent “our” class in front of the village children at her Band of Hope meeting. On the day, William’s pretence of a sick headache and a sprained ankle in order to spare his embarrassment are to no avail. However, on the way, he discovers that the other Outlaws have been roped in too. The meeting consists of some bored children chanting and singing – but when Mrs. de Vere Carter goes out for a moment, the meeting quickly turns to a game of ‘Tamers and Crocodiles’. Chaos ensues.

Originally featured in Home Magazine August 1919

“GO IT, MEN! CATCH ’EM, BEAT ’EM, KNIFE ’EM, KILL ’EM!” THE TAMER ROARED.

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