Maximilian I

A beggar once asked alms of the Emperor Maximilian I., who
bestowed upon him a small coin. The beggar appeared dissatisfied with the

smallness of the gift, and on being asked why, he replied that it was a

very little sum for an emperor, and that his highness should remember that

we were all descended from one father, and were therefore all _brothers_.

Maximilian smiled good-humouredly, and replied: "Go--go, my good man: if

each of your brothers gives you as much as I have done, you will very soon

be far richer than me."

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