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Burt the ditchdigger is a minor character, but has a very important role. When Fergus gave his son Scrooge a shoeshine kit for his birthday, he gave Burt an American dime to give Scrooge, to teach him that there would always be people to cheat him and inspire him to be honest. After Scrooge finished cleaning Burt's very dirty boots, he passed out, so Burt just put the dime in his hand and left.