A MAN of Experience in Business was awaiting the judgment of the
Court in an action for damages which he had brought against a
railway company. The door opened and the Judge of the Court
'Well,' said he, 'I am going to decide your case to-day. If I
should decide in your favour, I wonder how you would express your
'Sir,' said the Man of Experience in Business, 'I should risk your
anger by offering you one half the sum awarded.'
'Did I say I was going to decide that case?' said the Judge,
abruptly, as if awakening from a dream. 'Dear me, how absent-
minded I am. I mean I have already decided it, and judgment has
been entered for the full amount that you sued for.'
'Did I say I would give you one half?' said the Man of Experience
in Business, coldly. 'Dear me, how near I came to being a rascal.
I mean, that I am greatly obliged to you.'