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Text for Page 024 [11-03-1857]

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incessantly.     Soon the fellows got to boxing � we had brought
the gloves.     Cahill and O�Brien had a spar or two in which
O�Brien did not come out best.   Then, three boys appearing, one with
a gun, we fell to taking sixpenny shots, at caps, hats or trees.
This continued for a long time everybody scattering about among the rocks
and trees promiscuously.    Some got down the face of the cliffs, and
were reviled or pelted in friendly sort by the others.         The drinking
went on, and the day grew towards sunset.     O�Brien perhaps appear-
ed more affected than the rest of the party.     He had proclaimed his
intention of getting Cahill drunk, and though remonstrated with, had given
so much liquor to the Jersey boys � two of them � that they were half
intoxicated.    I was very quiet, and did not develop till the return,
when I appeared all at once to tumble down a perfect abyss of drunk
eness.    Night closed round and there was originated a general move-
ment towards departure.    Then the extravagancies commenced. O�Brien
began hurling his plates, mustard-pot &c over the cliffs and set fire
to his basket.     I got it and stuck it up in a tree where it burnt with
splendid effect � which the party were not too drunk to notice.   Arnold
imitated O�Brien in destructiveness.   Haney was very busy packing things in
our basket, numbering forks &c, ramming in pies, cheese and tobacco in
a manner which would have been unspeakably ludicrous to a sober observer.
Anon we all began to move.      Along the cliffs and down the long stairs.
I went down first carefully and thoughtfully, thinking � as I remember
� that, careless walker as ordinarily I am, that I�d better get out
of the crowd, or I should be chaffing and romping and so risk
a fall.       How the other fellows got down I only learnt subsequently, and
what follows is gathered from the rest, with fragmentary remembrances of
my own.        O�Brien had a very bad tumble, and rolled down six or
eight steps � would, probably have broken every bone in his body but               
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