WHILE the Owner of a Silver Mine was on his way to attend a
convention of his species he was accosted by a Jackass, who said:
'By an unjust discrimination against quadrupeds I am made
ineligible to a seat in your convention; so I am compelled to seek
representation through you.'
'It will give me great pleasure, sir,' said the Owner of a Silver
Mine, 'to serve one so closely allied to me in - in - well, you
know,' he added, with a significant gesture of his two hands upward
from the sides of his head. 'What do you want?'
'Oh, nothing - nothing at all for myself individually,' replied the
Donkey; 'but his country's welfare should be a patriot's supreme
care. If Americans are to retain the sacred liberties for which
their fathers strove, Congress must declare our independence of
European dictation by maintaining the price of mules.'