Were he not a diddler, he would be a maker of patent rat-traps or an angler for trout.
"They keep the finest Port here you ever tasted," says the Diddler.
A diddler may thus be regarded as a banker in petto—a "financial operation," as a diddle at Brobdignag.
Some grumble but all submit, and the diddler goes home a wealthier man by some fifty or sixty dollars well earned.
There are but two ways about it—take to the highway, or become a Diddler—a sponge—and, like woodcock, live on "suction."
Diddler is derived from the word diddle, to do—every body who has not yet made his debut to the Elephant.
Many's the Diddler who's passed a whole season thus, dead-heading it on the steamers of the Crescent City.
Diddler's face wears the most gratified smile possible to be produced without teeth.
The diddler approaches the bar of a tavern, and demands a couple of twists of tobacco.
The brandy and water is furnished and imbibed, and the diddler makes his way to the door.