Dr. Busby





A scholar of Dr. Busby went into a parlour where the Doctor had
laid down a fine bunch of grapes for his own eating, took it up, and said

aloud, "I publish the banns between these grapes and my mouth; if any one

knows any just cause or impediment why these two should not be joined

together, let him declare it." The Doctor, being in the next room,

overheard all that was said, and going into the school, ordered the boy who

had eaten his grapes to be _horsed_ on another boy's back; but, before he

proceeded to the usual discipline, he cried out aloud, as the delinquent

had done: "I publish the banns between my rod and this boy's back; if any

one knows any just cause or impediment why these two should not be joined

together, let him declare it."--"I forbid the banns." said the boy--"Why

so?" said the Doctor. "Because the parties are not agreed," replied the

boy. This answer so pleased the Doctor, that he ordered the offender to be

set free.





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