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The young woman was nice enough, but to her parent's annoyance was an unrelenting gossip. One morning at breakfast, she startled her father with a bit of neighborhood news:

"Daddy," said she, "the church members who moved in across the street are secret drinkers."

Her father glared,

"Young lady, how many times must I tell you not to repeat rumors and stick to the fact."

"But pop," she protested, "it's a fact that rumors are flying ..."

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

"It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you."

- Mark Twain (18351910), U.S. author