He had him there!
--The witty Scotch advocate, Harry Erskine
, on one occasion pleading in London
before the House of Lords, had occasion to speak of certain curators, and pronounced the word as in Scotland
, with the accent on the first syllable, curators.
One of the English
judges could not stand this, and cried out, "We are in the habit of saying curator in this country, Mr. Erskine
, following the analogy of the Latin
language, in which, as you are aware, the penultimate syllable is long." "I thank your lordship very much," was Erskine
's reply. "We are weak enough in Scotland
to think that in pronouncing the word curator, we follow the analogy of the English
But I need scarcely say that I bow with pleasure to the opinion of so learned a Senator and so great an orator as your lordship."