A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
about me, General, but go to sleep again. No mat¬
ter about me ; I sleep very good." " But it is mat¬
ter ; it is matter," replied Washington, earnestly.
" I cannot do it, Primus. If either is to sit up, I will.
But I think there is no need of either sitting up.
The blanket is wide enough for two; come and lie
down here with me." " O, no, General," said Pri¬
mus ; " let me sit here ; I'll do very well on the box."
Washington said, " I say, come and lie down here !
There is room for both, and I insist upon it." And,
as he spoke, he threw up the blanket and moved
to one side of the straw. Primus hesitated, but
Washington continuing to insist, Primus finally pre¬
pared himself and laid down by Washington, and
on the same straw, and under the same blanket,
where the General and the Negro servant slept till
Washington is said to have been out walking
one day in company with some distinguished gentle¬
men, and during the walk he met an old colored
man, who very politely tipped his hat and spoke to
the General. Washington, in turn, took off his hat
to the colored man, on seeing which one of the com¬
pany, in a jesting manner, inquired of the General
if he usually took off his hat to Negroes. Where¬
upon Washington replied : " Politeness is cheap, and
I never allow any one to be more polite to me than
I to him."