About the G.O.M.
A brusque but wealthy Sunderland shipowner once entered the London office of Mr Lindsay on business. " Noo, is Lindsay in ?" inquired the Northern diamond in tho rough. " Sir !" said the clerk to whom the inquiry was addressed. "Well, then, is Mister Lindsay in, seest thou ?" "He will be in shortly," said the clerk. " Will you wait?*' The Sunderland shipowner intimated that he should wait, aud was ushered into an adjacent room, where a person was busily engaged copying some statistics. Our Sunderland friend paced the room several times, and presently, walking to the table where the other occupant was seated, took careful note of the writer's doings. The copier looked up inquiringly, when the Northerner said: "Thou writes a bonnie hand, thou dost." "lam glad .you think bo." "Ah, thou dont; thou macks thy figures weel; thou'rt just the chap I want." " Indeed," said the Londoner. " Yes, indeed," said Sunderland. "I am a man of few words. Noo, if thou'lt come ower to canny aud Soonderland, thou seest, I'll gie thee a hoondred and twenty pund a year—and that's a plum thou doesn't meet with every day in thy life, I reckon. Noo then ?" Tho Londoner thanked the admirer of hia penmanship most gratefully, and intimated that he would like to consult Mr Lindsay upon the subject. " Ah, that's rcet," said our honest friend ; " that's reef. All fair and abovo board with me. That's reet." And in walked Mr Lindsay, who cordially greeted his Sunderland friend, after which the gentleman at the desk gravely rose and informed Mr Lindsay of the handsome appointment which had been offered to him in the Sunderland shipowner's office. " Very well," said Mr Lindsay, "I shall be very sorry to stand in your way; Ll2O is more than I can at present afford to pay to you in the department in which you are at present placed. You will find my frierid a good and kind master; and under the circumstances I think the sooner you know each other the better. Allow me, therefore, Mr to introduce you to the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, Her Majesty's Chancellor of the Exchequer." Mr Gladstone had been engaged in making a note of some shipping returns for his Budget. The Sunderland shipowner you may bs sure was a little taken back at first; but he soon recovered his self-possession and enjoyed the joke quite as much as Mr Gladstone did. — Rushton.
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About the G.O.M., Evening Star, Issue 8045, 23 October 1889
About the G.O.M. Evening Star, Issue 8045, 23 October 1889
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