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Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [12] from page s: 20-21
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Servants in the Olden Time.

D"ean Ramsay records the following anecdote in his Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character :"— The charge these old domestics used to take of the interests of the family, and the cool way in which they took upon them to protect those interests, sometimes led to very provoking and sometimes to veryludicrous exhibitions of importance. A friend told me of a dinner scene illustrative of this sort of interference which had happened at Airth in the last generation. Mrs. Murray, of Abercairney,had been amongst the guests, and at dinner one of the family noticed that she was looking about for the proper spoon to help herself with sak. The old servant, Thomas, was appealed to, that the want might be supplied. He did not notice the appeal. It was repeated in a more peremptory manner— " Thomas, Mrs. Murray has not a salt- "spoon ;" to which he replied most emphatically, Last time Mrs. Murray dined here we lost a saltspoon."



  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 20
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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