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THE CRASHAW BROTHERS

“Dreaming, dreaming!” sang Keating as he put the ball to him; and then he turned to the crowd behind him, which had been momentarily shocked into quiet.

“Keep up your noise, fellows,” he said. “You’ll wake your men after a while.’’

They began again when Durant hit a high fly to Dunbar in right field; just as it was falling into Dunbar’s hands, all the whistles, the horns, the three shotguns and the cannon went off, and Dunbar dropped the ball. Amid more noise Lawrence gave Bell his base, and then Watts advanced both Durant and Bell by a sacrifice. Payne came to the bat and drove in two runs by a hit to left field; a moment later, however, the side was out when Cary hit the ball into Keating’s hands.

Let ’em yell,” said Edward to Lawrence. “We’ll soon get used to their noise, and you won’t mind it a bit.”

Edward was the first man at bat that inning. Bell knew instinctively as he confronted him that here was a fellow who could hit the ball. He recognized the dangerous batter by