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An old chimney corner in Chadderton Fold.



Ed.—readers unfamiliar with the Lancashire dialect might find Samuel Bamford's Glossary a useful aid to translation.



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AN OLD CHIMNEY CORNER IN CHADDERTON FOLD,
     by J. HOUGHTON HAGUE

 Frontispiece.

VIGNETTE, BY RANDOLPH CALDECOTT

 Title page.

PREFATORY NOTE, BY THE EDITOR

 v.

SARVICE TIME

 1.

SUNDAY NOON

 10.

SNICK-SNARLES

 20.

THE NOMINATION

 29.

THE SWALLOWED SIXPENCE

 34.

LUBBERS AFLOAT

 39.

A JOLLY WAGGONER

 45.

THE WIMBERRY CAKE

 53.

THE UNEXPECTED VISITOR

 58.

WORKING HIS PASSAGE

 63.

POP AN' COCKLES

 69.

"SEND TUMMUS UP!"

 73.

"OH, MY NOSE!"

78.

A BERRIN' POSY

 84.

BITTER-SWEET

 92.

WAKKEN BEGGAR

 97.

BAUM-TAY AN' PONCAKES

 103.

BLENDSPICE

 107.

THE WIND STORM

 114.

THE LOST DONKEY

 118.

THE WORM DOCTOR

 123.

THE GOBLIN LOVERS

 130.

DEET NO PAPPER

 135.

LOBSCOUSE

 140.

A POOR SWAP

 146.

"HE'S COMIN' TO!"

 151.

HEART-SMITTEN

 157.

ROUGH LODGINGS

 161.

NIPPIN' TIMES

 166.

A BIT O' COURTIN'

 171.

THE PIG AND THE PURSE

 179.

FAUSE BENJAMIN

 186.

MOIDER'T MALLY

 191.

THE WRONG CHIMNEY

 198.

COBBLER BILL

206.

MARKET NEET

214.

A SNIP IN A TRAP

 222.

A RUN WI' TH' DOGS

 229.

"SHAVING, PLEASE?"

 235.

MISERABLE SINNERS

 243.

THE HAY-BAG

247.

EAVES-DROPPINGS

 251.

UNDER THE SNOW

 260.

"WHERE'S TH' KEIGH?"

 268.

TODLIN' WHOAM

276.

A BITE TOO MUCH

 284.


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PREFATORY NOTE.
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THE sketches which were collected by their author under the title of The Chimney Corner were first published as a volume in 1874.  Many of them had appeared in a Manchester journal, called The Critic.  They are briefer and less elaborate, both in conception and execution, than most of Waugh's other productions.  They may be said to be based on anecdotes rather than stories; and are just such simple and humorous narrations—rough and free-spoken sometimes—as may still be heard on winter nights in the "inglenook" of the old Lancashire farmhouse, and in the kitchen of the country inn.  Many of them are clearly autobiographical, and furnish reminiscences of Waugh's own childhood, of his short school-days, and his early companions.  The dialect is pithy, and full of odd, ancient, and interesting words, of which "ailo," meaning "shy;" and "chylt-little" for "young," or "small," may serve as instances.  The nervous strength of the dialect is illustrated in such sentences as the following:—"He'll be a greight, stark, strung-backed, wutherin' Englishman, o' th' owd breed, if he's luck."

    Two of the stories—"The Nomination" and "The Swallowed Sixpence"—have been often separately printed, and have been much used for public reading; but the finest piece in the volume is the one entitled, "A Berrin' Posy," which gives an inimitable picture of the sufferings of the honest poor.

G. M.


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