174 MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.
assistant in the best parlour, engaged in coolly taking an
inventory of his goods and chattels.
" What on earth is the meaning of this ?" he inquired.
" Only an execution for rent," replied the broker, continuing
his instructions to his amanuensis; "Mirror in gilt frame,
The tenant replied that it was quite impossible, and searching
among his papers, found and produced the receipt for his rent.
The broker looked it over with, a cheerful smile, and then,
with many legal phrases, proceeded to apprize him that the
landlord himself was but a lessee, and that, in consequence of
his not having paid his rent, the head landlord had determined
to seize upon whatever property was found upon the premises.
Greatly annoyed at this information, he hurried to Mr.
Hughes, his constant adviser in all difficulties, to consult with
him. Having narrated the affair, Mr. Hughes asked what was
the amount claimed.
" "Well, then, Joe," said he, " you must pay it, or lose your
Accordingly he returned home very indignant, and handed
over the specified sum to the broker, who said nothing could
be more satisfactory, and walked away accompanied by Ms
The next morning the landlord came, and being ushered in,
expressed much trouble in his countenance, and said that he
was very glad to see Mr. Gfriinaldi and such a fine morning to-
"But I beg your pardon," he added; "I don't think you
Gbrimaldi replied, that unless he was the gentleman who had
imposed upon him the necessity of paying his rent twice over,
he had not the pleasure of his acquaintance. At which remark
the landlord assumed a very penitent and disconsolate visage,s their whisky-