High Authority

Curran was once engaged in a legal argument; behind him stood his

colleague, a gentleman whose person was remarkably tall and slender, and

who had originally intended to take holy orders. The Judge observing

that the case under discussion involved a question of ecclesiastical

law,--Then, said Curran, I can refer your Lordship to a high

authority behind me, who was intended for the church, though in my

opinion he was fitter for the steeple.