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Early in the war for American independence, Washington sent several officers to requisition horses from the local landowners. Calling at an old estate, one officer was received by the elderly matron.

"Madam," said he, "I've come to claim your horses in the name of the government."

"On whose orders," snapped the old woman.

"General George Washington," came the august reply.

"Well," replied the woman indignantly, "you can go and tell General George Washington that his mother declines to give him her horses ..."

-----------------A Final Thought ...

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."

- George Washington (1732-99), U.S. general, president