The Doctrine Of Chances

LORD KAMES used to relate a story of a man who claimed the honor of his

acquaintance on rather singular grounds. His lordship, when one of the

justiciary judges, returning from the north circuit to Perth, happened

one night to sleep at Dunkeld. The next morning, walking towards the

ferry, but apprehending he had missed his way, he asked a man whom he

met to conduct him. The other answered with much cordiality: That I

will do, with all my heart, my lord; does not your lordship remember me?

My name's John ----; I have had the honor to be before your lordship for

stealing sheep?--Oh, John, I remember you well; and how is your wife?

she had the honor to be before me, too, for receiving them, knowing them

to be stolen.--At your lordship's service. We were very lucky, we got

off for want of evidence; and I am still going on in the butcher

trade.--Then, replied his lordship, we may have the honor of

meeting again.