old couple who had never been in a railway train in all
their lives before took seats in one leaving Perth for Glasgow for the
purpose of visiting their son in the latter city. They became highly
excited and interested at their rapid flight, and nothing would satisfy
the old gentleman but that at every station he must needs get out to gaze
around in admiration and wonder. His more cautious spouse, Janet, was,
however, too uneasy and afraid of mistake or accident to leave her seat.
The train at length, at one of the
stations, moved off leaving the old man on the platform gazing helplessly
at the receding train and at the face of his wife, projected from the
carriage window now, and thus parted from him by a power over which he nor
she had any control. When Janet saw her frantic guidman thus foolishly
left behind, she called to him from her post of outlook at the carriage
window, with somewhat of a note of triumph at her superior wisdom:
"There, noo, Saunders, ye’ve done
for yoursel’ at last wi’ yer thrawnness. Weel, weel," she exclaimed,
sitting down in her seat, "I’m kind o’ glad o’t tae, for he’s aye been
craikin’ a’ alang,—’ Jenny, haste ye here, an’ haste ye there; ye’ll be
late for the kirk, or ye’ll no catch the train;’ and noo he’s gone and
left himsel’; stuck up there like a stirk in a sta’. Oh! I’m glad o’t.
It’s a lesson he’ll no forget, and that at ony rate I winna let him forget
in a hurry "