Novel Offence

COOKE and Dibdin went, at a tolerably steady quick-step, as far as the

middle of Greek Street, when Cooke, who had passed his hand along all

the palisades and shutters as he marched, came in contact with the

recently-painted new front of a coachmaker's shop, from which he

obtained a complete handful of wet color. Without any explanation as to

the cause of his anger, he rushed suddenly into the middle of the

street, and raised a stone to hurl against the unoffending windows; but

Dibdin was in time to save them from destruction, and him from the

watch-house. On being asked the cause of his hostility to the premises

of a man who could not have offended him, he replied, with a hiccup,

what! not offend? A ---- ignorant coachmaker, to leave his house out,

new-painted, at this time of night!