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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
The pencil manufacturer and the Glasgow barber


THE late Mr. Donn, whose name was long considered an excellent passport for the quality of pencils was, during his periodical visits to Glasgow, in the habit of putting up at the Black Boy Tavern, Gallowgate, where a sectarian barber used to officiate. One Sabbath morning a young man made his appearance to do the needful for the chins of the customers, and Mr. Donn, his muzzle being rough and somewhat irritable, felt reluctant to entrust it to the hands of so young a practitioner, in case he should take a portion of the soil with the crop. Accordingly he asked:

"Why did the old gentleman not come himself?"

"Oh," said the youngster, with a serious face, "this is Sabbath morning, and my master never shaves on Sabbath, sir."

"Very well, my little fellow," said the maker of pencils, "go on." The operation being performed as well as could be expected— "Now," said Mr. Donn, putting his accustomed fee into his hand, "when you go home, be sure and make my cornpliments to your master, and tell him that if he does not wish to go to perdition himself, he ought not to send his boy there."


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