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Funny Fairy Tales by Ambrose Bierce

A Prophet of Evil

AN Undertaker Who Was a Member of a Trust saw a Man Leaning on a
Spade, and asked him why he was not at work.

'Because,' said the Man Leaning on a Spade, 'I belong to the
Gravediggers' National Extortion Society, and we have decided to
limit the production of graves and get more money for the reduced
output. We have a corner in graves and propose to work it to the
best advantage.'

'My friend,' said the Undertaker Who Was a Member of a Trust, 'this
is a most hateful and injurious scheme. If people cannot be
assured of graves, I fear they will no longer die, and the best
interests of civilisation will wither like a frosted leaf.'

And blowing his eyes upon his handkerchief, he walked away
lamenting.


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