Modest Merit

A PLAYER applied to the manager of a respectable company for an

engagement for himself and his wife, stating that his lady was capable

of playing all the first line of business; but as for himself he was

the worst actor in the world. They were engaged, and the lady answered

the character which he had given of her. The gentleman having the part

of a mere walking gentleman sent him for his first appearance, he asked

the manager, indignantly, how could he put him in such a paltry part.

Sir, answered the other, here is your own letter, stating that you

were the worst actor in the world.--True, replied the other, but

then I had not seen you.