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Funny Fairy Tales by Ambrose Bierce

The Statesman and the Horse

A STATESMAN who had saved his country was returning from Washington
on foot, when he met a Race Horse going at full speed, and stopped
it.

'Turn about and travel the other way,' said the Statesman, 'and I
will keep you company as far as my home. The advantages of
travelling together are obvious.'

'I cannot do that,' said the Race Horse; 'I am following my master
to Washington. I did not go fast enough to suit him, and he has
gone on ahead.'

'Who is your master?' inquired the Statesman.

'He is the Statesman who saved his country,' answered the Race
Horse.

'There appears to be some mistake,' the other said. 'Why did he
wish to travel so fast?'

'So as to be there in time to get the country that he saved.'

'I guess he got it,' said the other, and limped along, sighing.


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