WHEN the popular walk on the banks of the river
Clyde, which had been barred for a time by the erection of
Harvie’s Dyke, was again thrown open to the public by a decision of the
Supreme Court, great numbers flocked thither, partly attracted by its
being a favourite walk; and partly on account of curiosity arising out
of the celebrity of the case.
Mr. Douglas of Barloch, happening
soon after to meet the gentleman who had taken the most active part in
conducting the plea on behalf of the public, waggishly declared to him,
in the most serious manner, that he must surely be a dangerous person,
as he had aimed a severe blow at the security of the mercantile world.
"How?" asked the gentleman, in the utmost
"Because," said Mr. Douglas, "you have created a
very great run upon the banks."