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EVILS OF EARLY RISING
I am sure you will be glad to hear that there was one
"great man" who enjoyed a morning nap as much as you
and I do; and that he enjoyed a good joke at the
expense of a certain other "great man" who was as fond
of "rising with the lark" as the first man was of
John Quincy Adams was an enthusiastic advocate of early
rising. He practiced it from boyhood, and attributed
to it his good health, and physical vigor in old age.
Judge Story, who was an intimate friend, loved dearly a
good morning nap, and their opposite opinions often
gave rise to sharp and witty discussions.
On one occasion, the judge invited the ex-President to
talk to the students of his Law School, and Mr. Adams
made interesting remarks, touching, among other topics,
on his favorite theme of early rising. The Judge then
delivered his usual lecture.
The afternoon was hot, and the lecture-room close.
Towards the close of the lecture, he noticed that the
class were nodding to each other and smiling. Looking
first on his right hand and then on his left, he
discovered the secret of their merriment. The
distinguished visitor was asleep
 and nodding! He could not resist the temptation to add
a postscript to his lecture. "Young gentlemen, I call
your attention to the visible proof of the evils of
The loud laugh that followed awoke the gentleman, but
he did not understand the joke that caused it.