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The same joke, as related by an American, a Scotchman, an Irishman, a Frenchman, carries with it a distinctive racial flavour and individuality of approach. Indeed, it is open to question whether most humour is not essentially local in its nature, requiring some specialized knowledge of some particular locality.

Leaning on his long rifle, he paid no manner of attention to the angry voices near by, which conduct to me was little short of the marvellous. "Now, Davy," said he, at length, "the rest of your history." "There is little of it, sir," I answered. "I was born in the Yadkin country, lived alone with my father, who was a Scotchman.

I know the Corporal well; he is a brave man and a good soldier; and one that may be relied on, if the Santa Cruz can be kept from him. But then he is a Scotchman, and will be liable to the Quartermaster's influence, against which I desire both you and Mabel to be on your guard." "But why leave us behind, dear father? I have come thus far to be a comfort to you, and why not go farther?"

"He is a thrifty Scotchman; and I don't believe he has any interest in anything under the sun except his wages; and he is a little sour on that account to find that his cruise is finished, as he puts it." "Send for him and his assistants, Mr. Sampson." The engineer went to the engine hatch, and called the men below. "Now send for Mr. Gawl," added the captain.

The first day the riveter was employed, the whole camp made excuses to come and listen to it. They stood round it in groups, deafened and thrilled and a little homesick. What the bag-pipe is to the Scotchman, the steel-riveter is to the American the instrument which best expresses his soul to a world which is different.

"It's a pleasure, for example, to buy Rubber Consols at par." "Oh, if you call it buying," said Thorpe, and then softened his words with an apologetic laugh. "I didn't tell you, did I? I've been spending Saturday and Sunday with Plowden you know, the Lord Plowden on my Board." "I know of him very well," observed the Scotchman. "Has he a place that he asks people down to, then?

At a small table near a window sat the Scotchman and Bonnet, the latter reading from some roughly written lists descriptions and quantities of goods, the value of each item being estimated by the canny Scotchman, who set down the figures upon another list. Presently Bonnet put down his papers and heaved a heavy sigh, which sigh seemed to harmonize very well with his general appearance.

Scotchman. "This is an excellent bull, I allow; but I think I can match it." Englishman. "And if he can, you will allow yourself to be fairly vanquished?" Irishman. "Most willingly." Scotchman. "Then I shall owe my victory to our friend Dr. Johnson, the leviathan of English literature.

"You are an Englishman, I presume, Signor Doctor?" she observed, in a tone of interrogation. "A Scotchman, Madam," answered Dalrymple, correcting her and drawing himself up a little. "My name is Angus Dalrymple." "It is the same an Englishman or a Scotchman," said the nun. "Pardon me, Madam, we consider that there is a great difference. The Scotch are chiefly Celts. Englishmen are Anglo-Saxons."

"For my part, I believe that had not the Pope and the priests and monks interfered, and worked up some of our fanatic nobles and the ignorant populace to persecute their fellow-countrymen, they might have lived together on friendly terms; and, for the life of me, I cannot see why people should not be allowed to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences," added the shrewd Scotchman, with a shrug of his shoulders.