Written Sketches 241 " The tooth-pick freely " and " the spirit twice a day " being tags of Mr. Forsyth's, he laughed. Furber the Violin-Maker From what my cousin [Reginald E. Worsley] and Gogin both tell me I am sure that Furber is one of the best men we have. My cousin did not like to send Hyam to him for a violin : he did not think him worthy to have one. Furber does not want you to buy a violin unless you can appreciate it when you have it. My cousin says of him : "He is generally a little tight on a Saturday afternoon. He always speaks the truth, but on Saturday afternoons it comes pouring out more/1 " His joints [i.e. the joints of the violins he makes] are the closest and neatest that were ever made." " He always speaks of the corners of a fiddle; Haweis would call them the points. Haweis calls it the neck of a fiddle. Furber always the handle." My cousin says he would like to take his violins to bed with him. Speaking of Strad violins Furber said : " Rough, rough linings, but they look as if they grew together." One day my cousin called and Furber, on opening the door, before saying " How do you do ? " or any word of greeting, said very quietly: " The dog is dead." My cousin, having said what he thought sufficient, took up a violin and played a few notes. Furber evidently did not like it. Rose, the dog, was still unburied ; she was laid out in that very room. My cousin stopped. Then Mrs. Furber came in. R. R W. "I am very sorry, Mrs. Furber, to hear about Rose." Mrs. F. f' Well, yes sir. But I suppose it is all for the best." R, E. W. "I am afraid you will miss her a great deal." Mrs. F. "No doubt we shall, sir; but you see she is only gone a little while before us." R. E. W. " Oh, Mrs. Furber, I hope a good long while." Mrs. F. (brightening). " Well, yes sir, I don't want to go just yet, though Mr. Furber does say it is a happy thing to die."