One Head Better Than A Dozen

KING HENRY VIII., designing to send an embassy to Francis I. at a very

dangerous juncture, the nobleman selected begged to be excused, saying,

Such a threatening message to so hot a prince as Francis I. might go

near to cost him his life.--Fear not, said old Harry, if the French

king should take away your life, I will take off the heads of a dozen

Frenchmen now in my power.--But of all these heads, replied the

nobleman, there may not be one to fit my shoulders.