I was just passing the time of day with old Troy of the D. M. P. at the corner of Arbour
hill there and be damned but a bloody sweep came along and he near drove his gear into
my eye. I turned around to let him have the weight of my tongue when who should I see
dodging along Stony Batter only Joe Hynes.
--Lo, Joe, says I. How are you blowing? Did you see that bloody chimneysweep near
shove my eye out with his brush?
--Soot's luck, says Joe. Who's the old ballocks you were talking to?
--Old Troy, says I, was in the force. I'm on two minds not to give that fellow in charge for
obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and ladders.
--What are you doing round those parts? says Joe.
--Devil a much, says I. There's a bloody big foxy thief beyond by the garrison church at
the corner of Chicken lane--old Troy was just giving me a wrinkle about him--lifted any
God's quantity of tea and sugar to pay three bob a week said he had a farm in the county
Down off a hop-of-my-thumb by the name of Moses Herzog over there near Heytesbury
--Circumcised? says Joe.
--Ay, says I. A bit off the top. An old plumber named Geraghty. I'm hanging on to his
taw now for the past fortnight and I can't get a penny out of him.
--That the lay you're on now? says Joe.
--Ay, says I. How are the mighty fallen! Collector of bad and doubtful debts. But that's
the most notorious bloody robber you'd meet in a day's walk and the face on him all
pockmarks would hold a shower of rain. TELL HIM, says he, I DARE HIM, says he,
AND I DOUBLEDARE HIM TO SEND YOU ROUND HERE AGAIN OR IF HE
DOES, says he, I'LL HAVE HIM SUMMONSED UP BEFORE THE COURT, SO I
WILL, FOR TRADING WITHOUT A LICENCE. And he after stuffing himself till he's
fit to burst. Jesus, I had to laugh at the little jewy getting his shirt out. HE DRINK ME
MY TEAS. HE EAT ME MY SUGARS. BECAUSE HE NO PAY ME MY MONEYS?
For nonperishable goods bought of Moses Herzog, of 13 Saint Kevin's parade in the city
of Dublin, Wood quay ward, merchant, hereinafter called the vendor, and sold and
delivered to Michael E. Geraghty, esquire, of 29 Arbour hill in the city of Dublin, Arran
quay ward, gentleman, hereinafter called the purchaser, videlicet, five pounds
avoirdupois of first choice tea at three shillings and no pence per pound avoirdupois and
three stone avoirdupois of sugar, crushed crystal, at threepence per pound avoirdupois,