The policeman having requested his prisoners for so, truly, they might be called-to descend, conducted them into a room with barred windows, and said: "You will appear before Judge Obadiah at half-past eight."
At half-past eight the door opened, the policeman appeared, and, requesting them to follow him, led the way to an adjoining hall.
"Do you think that he has gone to fetch a real live policeman
? I am afraid it is a summons," said Pickles.
The climax of this, as of all else, was the moment when the two front doors at the back of the scene flew open, showing the lovely moonlit garden, but showing more prominently the famous professional guest; the great Florian, dressed up as a policeman. The clown at the piano played the constabulary chorus in the "Pirates of Penzance," but it was drowned in the deafening applause, for every gesture of the great comic actor was an admirable though restrained version of the carriage and manner of the police.
When the harlequin heaved the comic constable heavily off the floor the clown played "I arise from dreams of thee." When he shuffled him across his back, "With my bundle on my shoulder," and when the harlequin finally let fall the policeman with a most convincing thud, the lunatic at the instrument struck into a jingling measure with some words which are still believed to have been, "I sent a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it."
Then after a long interval came the heavy tread of a policeman
, and they held their breath till he was gone.
And as he waved his arms to impersonate the policeman
, his portly form again shook with a deep ringing laugh, the laugh of one who always eats well and, in particular, drinks well.
Cleary came back around the corner as the crowd dispersed.
He saw a policeman
gain the top of the load, a second, and a third.
"Missy, missy!" the policeman
began again, taking the money.
On his feet he had the same regard for a policeman
that, when on his truck, he had for a fire engine.
There were shrieks and shouts, and suddenly a mounted policeman
came galloping through the confusion with his hands clasped over his head, screaming.