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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Andrew Henderson on the freedom of the able

ANDREW HENDERSON, author of Scottish Proverbs, at an evening party in the house of Mr. Wm. Whyte, cabinetmaker, Glasgow, got into a very animated debate, a situation frequent with him. Forgetting to pay respect to the glossy French polish of the dining table, he shook and spilled the contents of his tumbler, when Mr. Whyte, who was a very particular polisher of the Honduras log, addressed him:

Andrew, mind the table, yell gie the servants something to do."

"Tables!" replied the proverbialist, "I wadna gie a custock for a table if I couldna stracht a nail ont."

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