These sketches are taken from
a series written originally for newspaper purposes. Revision of them has
made their author keenly conscious of their defects; but Bawbie and Sandy
are characters who might be completely spoiled by improvement. The sketches
are therefore presented as they were hastily "rubbed-in" for serial
The "foo," "far," "fat," and "fan" of the Angus dialect have been changed
into the more classic "hoo," "whaur," and otherwise the sketches remain in
the form in which they have gained quite an unexpected popularity amongst
Scottish readers both at home and abroad.
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