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,
Andrew, mind the table, ye’ll gi’e
the servants something to do."
"Tables!" replied the proverbialist,
"I wadna gi’e a custock for a table if I couldna stracht a nail on’t."