Ruddle, however, saw the boy, and was convinced of his sincerity.
The stone, of a red colour, was probably of a material impregnated with the red called “ruddle,” a colour never to be washed out.
These rude stones are very often smeared with ruddle or red ochre.
Lemnian earth, ruddle, and very many minerals do this, and yet they are fatuously said to attract.
However, Ruddle promised to call on the old gentleman, whose name was Bligh, and whose house was Botathan.
They began at once to importune Ruddle about the interview and to pass remarks on the boy, who fled from them to his own room.
As Mr. Robbins says: "The completeness of the body of proof of the Ruddle authorship leaves nothing therefore to be desired."
They daub their bodies with a red earth, like the ruddle used in England for marking sheep.
"Choice stuff—smell o' nuts in it," said constable Ruddle, licking his lips.
Mr. Ruddle was however sent for, to whom the lad ingenuously communicated the time, manner, and frequency of this appearance.