Excerpt from Tempered Steel: Or, Tried in the Fire
One cheer more! He shouted, waving his cap in the air, and starting Off with the full force of a pair of sound sixteen-year-old lungs. A couple of Ned's friends, who had lungs like his own, joined in lustily. The lips of the ... small boys in the front row were seen to move; the good little girls again ¿uttered their dirty handkerchiefs; Mr. Hassard made the empty tea-cups dance on the table by his energetic beating. For a moment there was a good deal of noise; but then, Ned's lungs being exhausted, the cheer stopped short with an abrupt wail, like that given forth by a disconsolate organ when the careless blower has let all the wind run out. Again silence reigned supreme.
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