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The old colored attendant at the court house had a formula for
addressing the judge:
"What's the news this mawnin', Jedge?"
And the judge's habitual reply was to the effect that there was no news
But one morning, in answer to the usual query, there came a variation:
"Our country has declared war against Spain." The darky scratched his
head thoughtfully, then rolled his eyes to squint at the cloudless blue
of the sky, and finally remarked in a pleased tone:
"They shohly done picked a fine day fer it."