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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Hawkie as collector of clerical duty on Kirk-Skulkers

HAWKIE, on one of the Glasgow half-yearly sacramental fasts (now numbered with the things that were, took his beat on the Dumbarton Road, between Glasgow and Par-tick. As the day happened to be fine, not commonly the case on these misnamed days, the "collector of poor rates," as he called himself, justly calculated that this beautiful approach to Glasgow from the west, in these later days more beautiful than ever, would be well frequented.

To these numerous passers-by, the ever-fertile Hawkie made proclamation as follows :— "I am sent out here this afternoon by the clergy in Glasgow to put a tax on a’ you gentry that ha’e mista’en the kintra for the kirk."

There can be little doubt that this ingenious method of raising the wind would land a good cargo of coppers in Hawkie’s pocket. The ultimate recipients, however, would not be the dispensers of spiritual, but rather the vendors of spirituous, consolation.

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