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…They were picking them up at almost every station now – men and women coming in for the Christmas Week, with racquets, with bundles of polo-sticks, with dear and bruised cricket bats, with fox-terriers and saddles…It was a glorious return, and when the bachelors gave the Christmas ball William was, unofficially, the chief and honoured guest…


This is from ‘William the Conqueror’ in ‘The Day’s Work’.

‘William’, the sister of a Superintendent of Police in the Punjab, has been a key member of a famine relief team that was rushed south to Madras when the crops failed. She had carried a load as great as any man there in saving lives and defeating the famine. Now they were coming home at Christmas time.