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“’Tis the banner of the Parliament, sir,” said Gabriel. "Yes; I remembered that." "I say," said Charles, who had been plunged in meditation, "why did Hancock telegraph to you, I wonder? It wasn't exactly solicitors' etiquette; the proper course, I think, would have been to communicate with your lawyers, Messrs Sykes and Fagan."

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