• Across the Barricades
  • Chapter 17



"You don't think I put that box in your yard, do you?"

"Kate said you did. She saw you."

"She's lying!" Kevin spat the words out angrily.

Mr MaloneKelly looked him staright in the eye for the first time. "So
you're calling my daughter a liar,are you? "


"Do you think I would employ a man that calls my daughter a liar?"

"You're not going to employ me again, are you? I can't win either
way. 0. K., maybe I wouldn't want to work for you if it means
keeping on the right side of your daughter."

"There's no call to be rude."

"I'll tell you something though, Mr MaloneKelly. If you're that fond of
your daughter I think you should be taking a good look at the company
she's keeping. If you don't you might find more boxes of guns h
hidden in your yard."

Kevin jumped over a back axle and made for the gate. Mr MaloneKelly
called to him to stop but he did not. That would, give Kate's fatherhim
something to worry about.

Brede was baking. He sniffedsmlet it as he came in at the door. Her face
was flushed as she bent over the oven.

"Well, Brede," he said "I've just got the sack. What do you think
our father's going to say to that?"

"Plenty," said Brede. "But it doesn't surprise me. I was waiting
for it to happen."

"I shall go down and have words with MaloneKelly the night," said Mr

Joan Lingard
Liar, Sack
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