Man from Marseilles

This old couple travelled the countryside collecting bottles which they exchanged for paper flags. The man came from Marseilles, was a tailor by trade and had fought in the American Civil War. I had gone up to the old man and said – “What’s an aizel (tinklers’ cant for donkey) and he at once pointed to his donkey and said – “That’s one.” Then I said – “You are tinklers then?” “No,” he rejoined, “we are bad and bad enough; but, thank God, we are not so low down as tinklers.” “Well,” I said, “aizel is tinklers’ cant.” “That may be, but it’s German tongue, and if you want German, French or Holland tongue, come to me and I can give it to you grammatical true.”
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Newton Stewart area
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31/4" x 31/4" (82mm x 82mm)
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glass lantern slides
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The Artist's Family
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