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CHAMBERS'S

POCKET MISCELLANY.

STORY OF AN EDINBURGH BOY.

ABOUT sixty or seventy years ago, the message-porters of Edinburgh, then called caddies, were a very important, and, as they still are, a very useful class of men, but particularly so to strangers, whom they served in some measure as what the French call valets-de-place. There were then no directories, no pocket-plans, or descriptions of the city, and no communication by subsidiary postoffices; neither were the houses numbered, as they are at the present day. All the duty, therefore, which is now performed by these ingenious contrivances, devolved upon the caddie. Without his assistance, the stranger could hardly have found his way through the city, for the seeing of sights or paying of visits ; neither could he hold written communication with his friends through any medium so convenient and efficient as the caddie, who knew every hole and bore in the city, and every person residing in it of the smallest note. The scrupulous in-tegrity, too, of these men, was no less remarkable than their intelligence. They could be safely trusted with property to any amount ; and no instance, we be"

VOL. IV.

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