A MAN of humble birth and no breading, who held a high political
office, was passing through a forest, when he met a Monkey.
'I take it you are one of my constituents,' the Man said.
'No,' replied the Monkey; 'but I will support you if you can urge a
valid claim to my approval.'
'I am a self-made man,' said the other, proudly.
'That is nothing,' the Monkey said. And going to a bigger pine, he
rose by his own unaided exertions to the top branch, where he sat,
all bedaubed with the pitch which that vegetable exudes. 'Now,' he
added, 'I am a self-made Monkey.'