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MR. SERGEANT PARRY, in illustration of a case, told the following

Some merchants went to an Eastern sovereign, and exhibited for sale
several very fine horses. The king admired them, and bought them; he,
moreover, gave the merchants a lac of rupees to purchase more horses for
him. The king one day, in a sportive humor, ordered the vizier to make
out a list of all the fools in his dominions. He did so, and put his
Majesty's name at the head of them. The king asked why. He replied,
Because you entrusted a lac of rupees to men you don't know, and who
will never come back.--Ay, but suppose they should come back?--Then
I shall erase your name and insert theirs.

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