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Here in America, a few folk long for the blessings of aristocracy (at least if they might be on the proper side of the equation). Most people, however, lost all respect for rank or position long ago, when it comes to an affront to their dignity. The following story from the Old West will illustrate.

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Once a country boy was driving his wagon near a California river, when he heard a frantic call for help. In the water he spied a drowning man, struggling against the current and utterly unable to help himself. In a few moments the boy had entered the water and rescued the half-dead man. He was dressed as a city-fellow and qualified under the language of the time as a "dude."

"You've saved my life, son," said he. "Permit me to reward you."

Reaching into his pocket the stranger produced a purse filled with $20 gold pieces, from which he extracted a nickel.

"Sir," replied the boy, looking the fellow straight in the eye, "I'm afraid you've overpaid me ...

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

"Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated."

- G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British author