PREFACE. THESE sketches are taken from a series written originally for newspaper purposes. Revision of them has made their author keenly conscious of their defects; but Bawbie and Sandy are characters who might be completely spoiled by improvement. The aketches are therefore presented as they were hastily “rubbed-in” for serial publication. The “foo,” “far,” “fat,” and “fan” of the Angus dialect have been changed into the more classic “hoo,’ “whaur,” &c.; otherwise the sketches remain in the form in which they have gained quite an unexpected popularity amongst Scottish readers both at home and abroad. ARBROATH, N.B., April, 1899.