"Now, Hawkie, ye ne’er-do-weel, take
the road, sir, and not obstruct the street;" said a police officer to him
one day, in the midst of one of his great harangues.
"Indeed," said Hawkie, "you are
wrong with your police law. I may keep the street, but I ha’e no right to
the road, for I never paid ‘road money’ in a’ my life."
On another occasion, Hawkie was thus
ordered by çustodier of the peace;
off, and not disturb
the street, and obstruct traffic by collecting mobs in this way."
"Me collecting mobs," said Hawkie,
"I am only addressing a decent congregation, and if ye will blame, don’t
blame me, but them; for, if there’s a pow’r o’ hearers, there seems to be
very few believers!"