ID A FRISKY MATRON
' Ah, you belong to the dark lands of the English.
Wall, stranger, I guess that's a wide country to hail
from. Next to the United States, I acknowledge
that Greater Britain is large, pretty large. Ever
been in the States ?'
' No,' said Yussuff; ' but I have a great wish to
see that mighty country. I have read much about
it : its mountains, its Mississippi, its canyons------'
' Three thousand feet deep,' said the stranger.
' Its oil-------'
' In floods like its Mississippi,' said the stranger.
' Its eloquence-------'
' Slippery as its oil and as endless.'
' Its explosions-------'
' We blow up higher than any other people.'
' Its frauds-------'
' Our frauds, particularly our political frauds, are
the greatest on the face of the earth.'
' And your bankruptcies.'
' When we bust, sir, we bust as no other people
can; we are proud of the fact, sir. And, Monsieur
Stranger, I have remarked on this point a great
difference between our great country and the old
continent. When a man, say of the age of sixty or
seventy or upwards, fails in England or France, he
is ruined for ever. He sits down to bewail his mis¬
fortune, and his wife and family become objects of
pity to everyone and to themselves. Now, in our
country, if a man of seventy fails he immediately
goes to work again. There is a man whom I know