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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
The Mains Beadle and Glasgow Cathedral


REV. DR. ROBERTSON, before being appointed minister of the Cathedral in Glasgow, was located in the village of Mains. After his removal, Walter Nicoll, the beadle of the latter place, paid him a visit and attended worship in the Cathedral, which, with its noble columns, lofty arches, and stained glass windows, is one of the most imposing and stately places of worship in Scotland.

"This is a much finer church than the Mains, Walter," said Dr. Robertson, after service, to his visitor.

"Im no sae sure o that, doctor," was the rejoinder.

"Indeed!" exclaimed the doctor, "surely you have no fault to find with our noble Cathedral?"

After a pause, as if Walter did not want to hurt the feelings of his reverend friend more than was necessary, he replied:

"Weel, sir, nae great faut, but shes useless big; shes got nae laft, and shes sair fashed wi a thae muckle pillars about her."


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