AN Insurance Agent was trying to induce a Hard Man to Deal With to
take out a policy on his house. After listening to him for an
hour, while he painted in vivid colours the extreme danger of fire
consuming the house, the Hard Man to Deal With said:
'Do you really think it likely that my house will burn down inside
the time that policy will run?'
'Certainly,' replied the Insurance Agent; 'have I not been trying
all this time to convince you that I do?'
'Then,' said the Hard Man to Deal With, 'why are you so anxious to
have your Company bet me money that it will not?'
The Agent was silent and thoughtful for a moment; then he drew the
other apart into an unfrequented place and whispered in his ear:
'My friend, I will impart to you a dark secret. Years ago the
Company betrayed my sweetheart by promise of marriage. Under an
assumed name I have wormed myself into its service for revenge; and
as there is a heaven above us, I will have its heart's blood!'