A line must be drawn thus --— at this period. If the soot and the sulphuric acid pouring out of the doctor’s mouth had ignited, the explosion would have left him rooﬂess as well as lumless.
Roaring for Lizzie to fetch hls gun, he rushed out to the street, swearing vengeance on the two miscreants, who, he was sure, had done it on purpose, especially the rascally radical, Roddy, who was in charge of the Job.
He looked in vain for the forms of our two worthies, who, hearing him, had lmmediately dropped ﬂat on the other side of the roof.
At last he espied what he took to be their ﬁngers clinging to the coping. Again he roars for Lizzie to fetch his gun.
"I can see them,” he said. “Quick,” he I cried. “I’ll blow their ﬁngers off the same as my own were.” ( He himself had lost three ﬁngers, in a gun accident.)
Above him lay Roddy and Jock shaking in their shoes.
“Keep doon, Jock, he’ll shoot as sure's a gun,” said Roddy.
“Hoo did ye mak’ that mistake, Jock?”
“God only knows, Roddy. Baith Lizzie and I heard ye speak quite plainly before I put up the packsheet in front o’ the grate.”
‘Well, well, it canna be helped noo. I’ll keek up an’ see hoo things are noo. L’od, here’s Long Jimmy himself.” (This was the master mason.) “Things’ll hum for a wee while noo, Jock. Lie doon till it blaws bye.”