from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A finger-post; a guide-post.
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"Southey" (Captain of Guides), "let this way-post be sent to Captain Jervis, who knows where to place it at the turn-off of the new road."
He had, therefore, betaken himself to the expedient of hanging up the little boy's handkerchief on the way-post, being sure that persons would be out immediately in all directions searching for the child, and that some one of them would light upon the handkerchief with the letter in it, and would forward it to Amos without delay, as the young man would be sure to be informed of the loss as soon as the nurse discovered it, and would lose no time in making personally search for the missing child; and thus the writer's purpose would be answered without his having given any clew by which himself could be discovered and brought into trouble.
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