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Amongst a multitude of London cries, having reference to watercresses, milk, muffins, etc., you will sometimes hear that of ‘Chairs to mend!' and, looking from your window, will see a man and his wife, with a basket of tools and some lengths of cane, ready and anxious to repair any old cane-bottomed chairs that may need to be committed to their care. Sometimes such people will undertake the repair of umbrellas as well; but I need scarcely say that umbrellas must be kept well within sight, if you consign them to persons whom you do not know, and whose principles may not he so correct as they should be.
Uncle Jonathan, Walks in and Around London, 1895 (3 ed.)