MARK TWAIN’S JOKES
Once Mark Twain and two of his friends were sitting in a restaurant. One friend had just returned from a trip to the mountains. He said that the air in the mountains was very clear. In many places the echo of a voice came back five times stronger than the original voice.
“That’s nothing,” said the second friend. “In Colorado in many places the echo of a voice spoken in the morning comes back in the afternoon.”
Mark Twain laughed. Then he said, “Listen, the echoes which you have told about are very unusual. But in a small church in Hannibal where I was born, there’s an echo more unusual even than those.”
“What is so strange about the echo there?” asked one of the men.
“Well, I’ll tell you,” said Mark Twain. “The echo in that church is so unusual that if one says in a loud voice, “Good morning! How are you?’, the echo comes back after a moment very clearly, “Very well, thank you. And how are you?”
WHAT HIS LIFE WAS WORTH
Robert Burns, the great Scotch poet, loved the common people and wrote about them. One day when Burns took a walk near the docks, he heard a cry for help. He ran towards the water. Just then a sailor jumped off a boat that stood near the dock, and began to swim towards the man who was calling for help.
The man who was saved from drowning was a rich merchant. When he recovered, he thanked the brave sailor and gave him a shilling.
By this time a great crowd of people gathered round them. They called the sailor a hero and protested loudly when the rich man gave him only a shilling.
But Burns stopped them and said: “Let him alone. The gentleman is, of course, the best judge of what his life is worth.”