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THE YORKSHIREMAN AND HIS FAMILY.

Seated one day inside the Leeds Mail, a Yorkshireman came up and saluted the guard of the coach, with ' I say, Mr. Guard, have you a gentleman for Lunnun in coach V 'How should I know V said the guard. 'Well,' said he, 'I am ganging about four miles whoam, and I'll gang inside if you please, and then I can find him out mysen.' On being admitted into the coach, when seated, he addressed himself to the gentleman opposite, and said, 'Pray Sir, arn't you for Lunnun V 'Yes,' said the gentleman. 'Pray Sir, arn't you summut at singing line V 'What makes you ask V said the gentleman. 'I hope no defence,' said he, * only, Sir, you mun know I'm building a mill, and in about three weeks I wants to have a sort of a house warming; and, as we are very musical in our parts—I plays the fiddle at church mysen, and my brother plays on a great long thing like a horse's leg painted, with a bit of brass crook stuck in the end, and puffs away like a pig in a fit; and as we have a vast of music meetings in our parts, I should like to open my mill with a rory tory, and wanted to ax you to come and sing at it.'

He then related a family anecdote :—you mim know, Sir, that my feyther died all on a sudden like, and never give any body notice he wur going to die, but he left his family in complete profusion; and when I found he wur dead, as I wur the eldest son, I thought I'd a right to all the money. I told neighbour so, but he said, that tho' I wur the eldest son, I had no right to all the brass ; but I said I wur not only the eldest, but that I wur the handsomest into the bargain, for you never seed five such ugly, carrotty-headed devils among any litter of pigs, as my five brothers and sisters. So when I found they wanted to diddle me out of my intarnel estate, I determined to take the law at the top of the regicides.' 'And you applied to council no doubt,' said the gentleman. 'Na, I didn't,' said he 'for I don't know him, I went to one Lawyer Lattitat and paid him six and eight-pence, all in good half-pence, and he wrote me down my destructions.' The gentleman read his destructions, as he called them, which B

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