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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Andrew Henderson on the radical turn-coat

HENDERSON, who always seated himself on the cross-benches when any person appeared to claim more than his share of political knowledge or talent, was at an evening party where one of the guests, a recent convert from Radicalism, was abusing, in no measured language, the party with whom he had lately associated. Andrew, eyeing him askance, said:

"Just let him alane, lads, till he come till himsel’—he’s ill wi’ the spaining-brash,"—i.e., milk-fever, a fit of illness to which children are subject when weaning, induced by the change of food.

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