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Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
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A Tough Snuff Story,

Mr. Howard Paul, in an account of his trip to the United States, relates an anecdoteof the ingenious skill of the American thieves. He says that John Peabody, a Connecticut grocer," came on" (as thephrase goes) to New York to purchase stock. Completinghis purchases, which were in due time deposited on the docks to be shipped per river steamer, Mr. Peabody thought proper to keep his eye upon his goods until they could be taken on board. Among them was a magnificent Goshen cheese, weighing about sixty-five pounds, upon which, for the wantof betteraccommodation, the weary grocer seatedhimself as he watchedthe remainder of theproperty uponthe wharf. While thus seated,ruminating overcurrent events, calculating profits that he wouldrealise upon his purchases, and every now and then solacinghis nasal organ from a "yaller" snuff-box, two well-dressed youngmen approached and entered into conversation. "You take snuff, sir?" said nice young man number one. " Yes;couldn't do without it. Took it for over eight years." "You use the maccaboy, Iperceive." " Yes. That mild sort suits me best for a steady-going snuff." "Let me recommend you to try mine," said the shai"per, producing a silver-plated box engraved with an American eagle and two shields. "Iimported it from France. It is the identical snuff used by the emperor and the "officers of the French army." Mr. Peabody said, Certainly," and insertedhis thumb and finger in the stranger's box. The moment he placed it to his nose he was seized with violent sneezing. At every sneeze he lifted himself about a foot from the cheese upon which he was sitting. While he was doing this sharper number two was carrying out his share of the programme. As Mr. Peabody gave the third sneeze he pushed the cheese from under him, and in its stead dexterously placed a peck measure. As he was sneezing for the eighth and last time the sharpers and the cheese had disappeared. Mr. P. rubbedhis nose for about five minutes, and spent about five minutes more in wonderingas to the style of noses possessed by the emperor andthe officers of the French army, who took such powerful snuff. By this time the deck hands of the boat commenced to load up Mr. Peabody's goods. He rose from his seat and said, "Take this cheese, too." Deck handsaid, "What cheese _" Mr.Peabody looked round and found that instead of the cheese he had been sitting upon a peck measure. When he understood the manner in which the exchange had been effected, he was about the worst excited man of the season. He offered fifty dollars to anyone who wouldgive him an opportunity to sight the thieves with one hand tiedbehind his back.



  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 27
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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