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The beggar was determined to extract a healthy sum from Baron de Rothschild, a famous and exceedingly wealthy man. The Baron was well defended against such attacks by his servants, who ejected the beggar every time he tried to gain access to the banker's mansion.

There is one begging technique that is sometimes successful in such cases, this being to create a disturbance.

On his next attempt the beggar pushed open the door without knocking, pushed boldly past the servants, and began a wild commotion in the foyer, calling for the Baron as loud as he could.

Elsewhere, the Baron covered his ears in a vain attempt to shut out the din, but finally, driven to distraction, came and confronted the fellow.

"My wife and children are in rags; we haven't eaten for three days," the beggar began, exaggerating his condition as fully as conscience and propriety would allow.

"Well," said the Baron wearily, "you win. Here are five gold pieces. But let me give you good advice. If you hadn't made such a nuisance of yourself, I'd have given you twice as much."

"Baron de Rothschild," said the beggar, drawing himself up in the most dignified manner, "you are a renowned financier and I would never presume to give you advice on banking or the affairs of business. I am a professional, so please do not give me begging advice ..."

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

"If begging should unfortunately be thy lot, knock at the large gates only."

- Middle Eastern Proverb