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SWALLOW-WHISTLE, THE TAILOR; "EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY." TIM
SWALLOW-WHISTLE, the tailor, lived at Horn- castle, a thriving
little agricultural town in the centre of Lincolnshire, and now
well-known even to the verge of Europe for its prodigious yearly
horse fair, to which Russ and Pruss, Netherlander and Austrian,
Frenchman, Swiss, and Italian, with even, at times, the turban'd
Turk, may be beheld flocking to purchase from the rare show of
steeds: " but let that pass !" Tim was not one of your fashionable
tailors, it is true, but he was reckoned " an uncommon neat hand "
at his trade. Indeed, old Cocky Davy, who was a very emperor
amongst the Lincolnshire tailors, always declared Tim to be the
cleverest apprentice that ever received his indentures at his
hands. Old Cocky?he was so termed on account of the particular
loftiness of his carriage?Old Cocky had one especial maxim; it was,
" Strike your needle dead, you dog; and make your thread cry '
twang !'"?and no one apprentice that ever sat upon Davy's
shop-board so fully gratified his master by the gallant and
complete style in which he fulfilled this maxim, as did Tim
Swallow- whistle. Cocky Davy was often heard to say?ay, and to
swear it too, when in his cups?that it did his heart good to see
the masterly manner in which Tim used to strike the cloth. And
then, for finishing a button-hole, "Good heavens!"?CockyDavy would
declare in the White Swan parlour, when the clock was on the stroke
of twelve?" why, Tim could turn the thing off his fingers with
every cast of the thread as regular and exact as if he had worked
it by geometry;" and then Cocky would thump his pewter tankard with
vehement force upon mine host's white wooden table, and call to
have it refilled for the last time that night. It may easily be
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