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THE GENTLEMAN AND THE SEDAN BEARERS
IN the good old days a gentleman in the
East one day missed his dog. He sent
for his sedan bearers, and asked them to
go in quest of it.
They said, "We are not here to seek
for your dog, but simply to bear your
"You are perfectly right," said the
gentleman, "so I shall go in quest of the
dog; bring up the sedan at once." The
gentleman got into his sedan, and the men
 had to take him over hill and dale till
they were quite tired. They then said
with one voice, "Sir, we beg of you ta
stop; we can hardly stand on our legs
any more. If you wish to seek for the
dog farther, we shall go in quest of it."
"Do so," said the gentleman, smiling,
and walked home.
"Alas," said the men as they sat down
under a tree to rest their weary limbs,
"often mending is but marring"