John G. Manuel
The annual meeting of Siddons Society was being held in the Corn Exchange. Mr Siddons himself was reading the financial statement, and all the transactions for the year. At the conclusion there was an oppressive silence, each one looking at his neighbour, expecting him to say something. Finally Mr Siddons said, "What is your pleasure with this report gentlemen?". Another period of suspense followed, which was at last broken by Bob Marr, fisherman, who sat up in the laft, gey fou, and deemed it incumbent on some one to say something, so he roars oot, "Juist read that ower again Maister Siddons!".Three Dunbar worthies of the old seafaring school went on one of their cruises to Stirling. The craft they sailed was a lime sloop, Captain Jock MacByre. Jock was a big hairy man with a thunderous voice. Matthie Foster was mate, and was a wee bit o' a mannie, while the crew was yin Tam Pringle. On their return someone met Tam doon at the weathergless, and speired," Whatna kind o' a voyage did ee hae Tam"?. No sic a bad voyage, says Tam, but the Captain wis awfu' stuck up; he had tae hae a haill table tae himsel. The next question as to what constituted the food, elicited the reply that the diet for the haill cruise wis sheepsheid kail.05419
1913 Apr 8
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 21, Image 0309
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