Taking His Measure

A CONCEITED packman called at a farm-house in the west of Scotland, in

order to dispose of some of his wares. The goodwife was startled by his

southern accent, and his high talk about York, London, and other big

places. An' whaur come ye frae yersel? was the question of the gude

wife. Ou! I am from the Border!--The Border. Oh! I thocht that; for

we aye think the selvidge is the wakest bit o' the wab!