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A bonny-like thing it wad be if the maister cam 'hame and foun' the Macfarlanes wer oot on the ran-dan and had picked ye oot o 'Doom like a wulk oot o' its shell.
He was fond of a lass and fond of a glass, and fond of a ran-dan; but I could never hear tell that he was muckle use for honest employment.
Quoth the stalwart maid who brought me my porridge and bade me 'eat them while they were hot,' 'Ay, they were a' on the ran-dan last nicht!
It was not noise -- it was brute pain, a grinding, bludgeoning, ran-dan, crazy, intolerable torment ....
Off the Committee Ship, a cable's length up the river, the penultimate race (ran-dan pulling-boats) was finishing amid banging of guns and bursts of music from the "Troy Town Band," saluting the winner with "See the Conquering Hero Comes," the second boat with strains consecrated to first and second prize-winners in Troy harbour since days beyond the span of living memory, even as all races start to the less classical but none the less immemorial air of "Off She goes to Wallop the Cat."
_ran-dan_, 'as it was called -- that is, to run up and down the ill-lighted streets, knocking down first one old Charlie and then another, and carrying off the staff and lantern as trophies.
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