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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
A Glasgow Banker and the smell of Dram drinking

ROBIN CARRICK, equally well-known for his wealth and his miserly habits, was addicted to taking a dram of whisky in the morning, and another at mid-dayin Scotch phrase, his morning and meridian. His business bringing him at all times into contact with people of consideration, he felt that the practice, sure to be detected by the odour of his breath, might seriously injure his respectability. He therefore consulted with a kindred spirit, who pledged himself to discover some effectual antidote to the spirituous aroma. Meeting the banker one morning a few days afterwards, he accosted him:

"Ive found out at last a grand cure for the smell of whisky."

"Im glad to hear that," quoth the man of discount, "for the smells unco strong upon me just now, and Im on my way to the counting-house."

"But will ye gie me a half-mutchkin o good Jamaica rum if I tell you?" After many demurrers and attempts to beat down his friends demand to a gill, he consented to the proposal. Away then they went to the nearest tavern, and the half-mutchkin of rum was set on the table. The possessor of the invaluable secret, after first liberally helping himself poured out a glassful, saying:

"Noo, tak you that, and Ise warrant it will cure you o a smell o whisky."

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