The old colonel was asleep in his rooms when he was awakened by faint sounds. Finding the sword he had used in the Great War, he initiated a search of the premises and at last confronted a badly frightened robber.
"Sir," began the shaken thief, "do you intend to finish me now or send me to prison?"
"Neither," replied the colonel. "Son, if you can find anything of value here in the dark, while I myself can find nothing worthwhile in daylight, by all means proceed and I'll share it with you ..."