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Funny Fairy Tales by Ambrose Bierce

The Hardy Patriots

A DISPENSER-ELECT of Patronage gave notice through the newspapers
that applicants for places would be given none until he should
assume the duties of his office.

'You are exposing yourself to a grave danger,' said a Lawyer.

'How so?' the Dispenser-Elect inquired.

'It will be nearly two months,' the Lawyer answered, 'before the
day that you mention. Few patriots can live so long without
eating, and some of the applicants will be compelled to go to work
in the meantime. If that kills them, you will be liable to
prosecution for murder.'

'You underrate their powers of endurance,' the official replied.

'What!' said the Lawyer, 'you think they can stand work?'

'No,' said the other - 'hunger.'


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