40 KIPLING'S SUSSEX
when the vicar was about to reprove him on finding him a little in liquor, asked with concern why it was that he felt more religious when he was in his cups than any other time, is an example of Sussex " silliness."
Another Burwash man expressing himself on his doubts of the existence of political honesty gives us this scrap of philosophy :—
"I be a miller, and I've got rats, and I keep cats, and one day I look into a place under my mill, and there I sees cats and rats all feeding together out of one trough at my expense."
It was also a Burwash miller, who was asked by a lawyer, who enjoyed a joke outside of the limits of his own profession, how the saying got about that there was never but one miller who found his way to heaven.
" Oh Lor ! " replied the miller, " I will give that riddle up ! But shall I tell you how it was that he bid (stopped) when he was there ? Because sir, there was never a lawyer to e-ject him."
Mr. Egerton tells of the half-wit of Burwash, Mike Ambleton, who when tested as to his power of judgment by the offer of a choice of either a half-sovereign or a half-crown said, " Mike won't be covetous. Mike'll be content with the little one." It was the same Mike, who when one of his