|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
him. He's given me some money and a list of children's names, and against their names are written the toys they are to have. My work is to buy the things and give them to the boys and girls whose names are on the list.'
The children listened to this narrative with bated breath. Incredible as the story seemed, Barrington's manner was so earnest as to almost compel belief.
`Really and truly, or are you only having a game?' said Frankie at length, speaking almost in a whisper. Elsie and Charley maintained an awestruck silence, while Freddie beat upon the glass with the palms of his hands.
`Really and truly,' replied Barrington unblushingly as he took out his pocket-book and turned over the leaves. `I've got the list here; perhaps your names are down for something.'
The three children turned pale