THE King of Madagao, being engaged in a dispute with the King of
Bornegascar, wrote him as follows:
'Before proceeding further in this matter I demand the recall of
your Minister from my capital.'
Greatly enraged by this impossible demand, the King of Bornegascar
'I shall not recall my Minister. Moreover, if you do not
immediately retract your demand I shall withdraw him!'
This threat so terrified the King of Madagao that in hastening to
comply he fell over his own feet, breaking the Third Commandment.