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Thimblers Out-Thlmbled
Aberdeen Journal


It is with no small satisfaction that we give a record of the following exploit:

On Friday last, being the term day and feeing market at Huntlv, a party of six thimblers rigging gentry commenced plying their vocation on the turnpike road about a mile from town. They were not long in finding an excellent dupe to experiment upon. A farm servant who had just got his wages paid him (6) chanced to pass and induced to take an intrest in the game played amongst the thimblers themselves; and was soon prevailed upon to stake l, and then 2, and then another 2 which, having lost, he would play no more. He came into Huntly, but was advised to go in pursuit, which he did with some companions. The "birds had flown," however, and they were just deliberating, about the propriety of giving up the chase, when they were joined by a woebegone looking person, from the Glens of Foudland, who communicated the sad news of his having been also duped of 4 by the thimblers, near Newton Gerrie Inn. Enraged at this intelligence, they then and there agreed to proceed in a body by the Defiance coach in pursuit. They were not long in coming up with tho gang, when down they got from the coach, and to the infinite amusemonl of the guard, driver, and passengers, demanded instant restitution, or, failing which, immediate annihilation! The whole of the money, 9, was given up, after a scuffle, and, to crown the business, the pursuers, being the strongest party, insisted on the necessary expenses being made good, when, with some reluctance. the thimblers paid, the amount claimed being 1 for coach hire, etc. Were these scoundrels to get served out a few times in this fashion it might make their calling anything but a profitable one, and we should soon hear no more of them. "Aberdeen Journal." May 31, 1854.

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