Excerpt from The Smugglers the Odyssey of Zipporah Katti, Being Some Chronicles of the Last Raiders of Solway It was the first time that Paul Wester had been called a liar by a girl. Hitherto, his self-conceit had t conceived the possibility of such a thing. He was the minister's nephew and even more spoilt than if he had been the minister's son. The minister spoilt him, even in his prayers - and then did mental penance for it all next day, for fear the boy should turn out like his father. The minister's housekeeper, who was supposed to have a heart that had been tanned by half-a-century of protecting her master from tramps, spoiled him more than anybody else. And, following her lead, all the village of Orraland tried its hand. But on the whole Paul, as far as was visible to the public eye, remained unspoilt and unspoilable. So he was immensely taken aback, having been thus nurtured in the best of conceits with himself, to be called plainly a liar, and that by a bare-legged, rag-and-tag, red-frocked, black-haired gipsy lass whose big dusky eyes had pupils which varied in size with her feelings - a precious inheritance, or the reverse, according to the toss of Fate's halfpenny. They had encountered on the sands, these two, and he was so pleased with the liar business, that to prove his good faith, he had promptly showed her his most precious asset - a cave where she would be safe from pursuit, from observation, and from interference. He taught her also how to pick and eat dulse, till she waggled her brown legs in great content and enjoyed to the full the clean wrinse of the salt in her mouth. She said he was t half bad and thus peace was made. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.