Well the next challenge was to get some dialogue going...so I used the Dr. Doolittle method: I had Clarence talk. Simple. I also developed some tension by continuing on with Mr. Hardie's grumbling bravado. Freeda, the kid sister, comes on the scene and shows she's a bit shifty herself as her brother and Clarence attempt a cover up.
On another note, in my strip I use the word 'Newfie', or 'Newf' because I use those words in my real life. I know there's a camp out there who feel offended by this word and it is not my intent to offend. Personally the terms don't bother me. Now, if some arsehole is using them in an offensive manner, that's another thing, but it's not the word's fault. Besides, this is my world I'm developing so that's that.