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The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun.

by Various.


NOTHING is so well calculated to preserve the healthful action of the human system as a good, hearty laugh. It is with this indisputable and important sanitary fact in view, that this collection of anecdotes has been made. The principle in selecting each of them, has been, not to inquire if it were odd, rare, curious, or remarkable; but if it were really funny. Will the anecdote raise a laugh? That was the test question. If the answer was "Yes," then it was accepted. If "No," then it was rejected.

Anything offensive to good taste, good manners, or good morals, was, of course, out of the question.





THE following is an anecdote of the late Lord Mansfield, which his lords.h.i.+p himself told from the bench:--He had turned off his coachman for certain acts of peculation, not uncommon in this cla.s.s of persons.

The fellow begged his lords.h.i.+p to give him a character. "What kind of character can I give you?" says his lords.h.i.+p. "Oh, my lord, any character your lords.h.i.+p pleases to give me, I shall most thankfully receive." His lords.h.i.+p accordingly sat down and wrote as follows:--"The bearer, John ----, has served me three years in the capacity of coachman. He is an able driver, and a very sober man, I discharged him because he cheated me."--(Signed) "MANSFIELD." John thanked his lords.h.i.+p, and went off. A few mornings afterwards, when his lords.h.i.+p was going through his lobby to step into his coach for Westminster Hall, a man, in a very handsome livery, made him a low bow. To his surprise he recognized his late coachman. "Why, John," says his lords.h.i.+p, "you seem to have got an excellent place; how could you manage this with the character I gave you?" "Oh! my lord," says John, "it was an exceeding good character, and I am come to return you thanks for it; my new master, on reading it, said, he observed your lords.h.i.+p recommended me as an able driver and a sober man. 'These,' says he, 'are just the qualities I want in a coachman; I observe his lords.h.i.+p adds he discharged you because you cheated him. Hark you, sirrah,' says he, 'I'm a Yorks.h.i.+reman, and I'll defy you to cheat _me_.'"


GENERAL ZAREMBA had a very long Polish name. The king having heard of it, one day asked him good humouredly, "Pray, Zaremba, what is your name?" The general repeated to him immediately the whole of his long name. "Why," said the king, "the devil himself never had such a name."

"I should presume not, Sire," replied the general, "as he was _no relation of mine_."


"CaeSAR," said a planter to his negro, "climb up that tree and thin the branches." The negro showed no disposition to comply, and being pressed for a reason, answered: "Well, look heah,, if I go up dar and fall down an' broke my neck, dat'll be a thousand dollars out of your pocket.

Now, why don't you hire an Irishman to go up, and den if _he_ falls and kills himself, dar won't be no loss to n.o.body?"


MR. NEWMAN is a famous New England singing-master; _i. e._, a teacher of vocal music in the rural districts. Stopping over night at the house of a simple minded old lady, whose grandson and pet, Enoch, was a pupil of Mr. Newman, he was asked by the lady how Enoch was getting on. He gave a rather poor account of the boy, and asked his grandmother if she thought Enoch had any ear for music.

"Wa'al," said the old woman, "I raaly don't know; won't you just take the candle and see?"


THERE was once a clergyman in New Hamps.h.i.+re, noted for his long sermons and indolent habits. "How is it," said a man to his neighbour, "Parson ----, the laziest man living, writes these interminable sermons?" "Why,"

said the other, "he probably gets to writing and he is too lazy to stop."


"BRING in the oysters I told you to open," said the head of a household growing impatient. "There they are," replied the Irish cook proudly. "It took me a long time to clean them; but I've done it, and thrown all the nasty insides into the strate."


QUOTH Patrick of the Yankee: "Bedad, if he was cast away on a dissolute island, he'd get up the next mornin' an' go around sellin' maps to the inhabitants."


A POOR son of the Emerald Isle applied for employment to an avaricious hunks, who told him he employed no Irishmen; "for," said he, "the last one died on my hands, and I was forced to bury him at my own expense."

"Ah! your honour," said Pat, brightening up, "and is that all? Then you'll give me the place, for sure I can get a certificate that I niver died in the employ of any master I iver sarved."


A COUNTRY editor perpetrates the following upon the marriage of a Mr.

Husband to the lady of his choice:

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