A propos de bottes. By the by, thus: Mais, Mons., à propos
de bottes, comment se porte madame votre mère?
“That venerable personage [the Chaldæan Charon] not only gives
Izdubar instructions how to regain his health, but tells him, somewhat
a propos des bottes ... the long story of his perfidious
adventure.” —Nineteenth Century, June, 1891, p. 911.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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