When he was down they turned on him to betray him and rend him like rats in a sewer. The fellows looked there and then said: --Why him? --Is he in it? Athy lowered his voice and said: --Do you know why those fellows scut? I will tell you but you must not let on you know. My quickness would have to be remarkable, however, and the question of a conveyance was the great one to settle. --You are very young, my child, he said, and let me implore of you to give up that sin.