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THE CRASHAW BROTHERS

kid,” They talked about him among themselves and among their friends, and agreed that in choosing St. Timothy’s instead of St. John’s he had shown a very proper, independent spirit, and deserved to be encouraged in every way possible. Besides, he was an attractive boy, with his frank eyes and humorous smile and quiet voice.

Meanwhile, Edward Crashaw was making himself at home among the members of his own form. There as well as among the older fellows the name of Crashaw carried weight; and a certain romantic interest attached to one who had broken away as he had done from traditions and conventions. In a few days, though a new boy, he was as popular and as well known as any one in the form. One thing that contributed to this result was his easy manner of adapting himself to conditions and assuming leadership.

The September afternoons were warm, too warm to encourage an interest in football; the boys played tennis and organized scrub baseball games. Edward and a tall slim fellow