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The old sea captain was surrounded at the tea party, to which his wife
had dragged him, much against his will, by a group of women pestering
him for a story from his adventures. Finally, at the end of his
patience, he began.
"Once, I was shipwrecked on the coast of South America, and there I came
across a tribe of wild women, who had no tongues."
"Mercy!" exclaimed all the fair listeners with one voice. "But they
"That," snapped the old sea captain, "was what made them wild."