A Cool Hand

AN old deaf beggar, whom Collins the painter was once engaged in

sketching at Hendon, exhibited great self-possession. Finding, from

certain indications, that the body and garments of this English Edie

Ochiltree afforded a sort of pasture-ground to a herd of many animals

of minute size, he hinted his fears to the old man that he might leave

some of his small body-guard, behind him. No fear, sir; no fear,

replied this deaf and venerable vagrant, contemplating the artist with

serious serenity; I don't think they are any of them likely to leave

me for you.