Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  7 (1883–84), 163–68.

Editor's Drawer



Regular Feature—Anecdote, Drollery


Animal Behaviour, Descent

    After observing that 'Monkeys are scarce in Michigan', relates a droll tale about a 'saddler in Detroit' who 'kept one for a pet, who usually sat on the counter' in his shop. A customer comes into the shop one day while the proprietor is in a back-room and questions the monkey about the price of a saddle. When he offers twenty dollars the 'monkey shoved it into the drawer as soon as the man laid it down', but as the customer takes the saddle the 'monkey mounted the man, tore his hair, [and] scratched his face'. Hearing the customer's screams, the proprietor rushes into the shop and is told 'I bought a saddle of your son sittin' there, and when I went to take it he wouldn't let me have it!', at which point the 'saddler apologised for the monkey, but explained that he was not a relative'. (168)

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