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into her own control, I was swept aloni: with (hern,
and we emerged on the other sine aiu<'HI, ibr leaders,

I cannot claim that I frit either ruitcmeul or
resolution as we bundled down a Icnrj >l<ępe Of
meadowland and dashed helter-skelter through an
open gate at the bottom. I knew nothing ut all except
that I was out of breath and that the air was rushing
to meet me, but as I hung on to the reins l\\-;i$ aware
that Mr. Macdoggart was immediately in from of me,
My attitude was an acquiescent one, 1 havr always
been inclined to accept life in the form in whirh it has
imposed itself upon me, and on thai particular occa-
sion, no doubt, I just felt that 1 was lkin for it". It did
not so much as occur to me that in following1 Mr,
Macdoggart I was setting myself rather a high
standard, and when he disappeared over a hedge I
took it for granted that I must do tin: same. For a
moment Sheila hesitated in her stride, (l)ixon told
me afterwards that I actually hit her as \ve approached
thefencej but I couldn't remember haviiuj done so,)
Then she collected herself and jumped the fruec with
a peculiar arching of her back. Thrrr was a consider-
able drop on the other side. Sheila had made no
mistake, but as she landed 1 left the saddle and Hew'
over her head, I had let go of the teins. but she stood
stock-still while I sat on the wet ground. A few mo-
ments later Dixon popped over u gap lower down
down the fence and came to my assistance, and 1
saw the boy on the chestnut pony come after him
and gallop on in a resolute but unhurryinst way*
I scrambled to my feet, feeling utterly ashamed.

"What ever made you go for it like thai?" asked
Dixon, who was quite disconcerted,

"I saw Mr. Macdoggart going over it, and I didn't
like to stop," I stammered.  By now the whole hunt