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to find it lying about, after the Post has gone!

My ninth Rule. When you get to the end of a note-sheet, and find you have more to say, take another piece of paper—a whole sheet, or a scrap, as the case may demand: but, whatever you do, don't cross! Remember the old proverb 'Cross-writing makes cross reading'. "The old proverb?" you say, enquiringly. "How old?" Well, not so very ancient, I must confess. In fact, I'm afraid I invented it while writing this paragraph! Still, you know, 'old' is a comparative term. I think you would be quite justified in addressing a chicken, just out of the shell, as "Old boy!", when compared with another chicken, that was only half-out!