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A little tubby man, Communist member for a North Country constituency, came through the group of men and knelt down.
"So it is," she declared; "but there are four parts to the Land of Oz. The North Country is purple, and it's the Country of the Gillikins.
The old proverb was a yeoman of Kent wth one years rent Could buy out ye Gentlemen of Wales and knight of Sscales and a Lord of ye North Country – his Estate was so much better.
I remember one North Country voice saying it seemed a reet shame to spoil that many pretty things, but the only other note of protest came in a great set-to when some woods caught fire, and a red-faced fellow comes roaring:
If the Irish did not cut their throats in the darkmans—that is their flash lingo for night—the North Country would.
Sir John Byng, touring the North Country in 1792, looked from his coach window and wrote: Why, here now, is a great flaring mill ... all the Vale is disturbed....