A small orchardist near Melbourne was charged, the other day, with "removing" chickens off a neighbour's hen ranch. Defendant pleaded that his neighbour did not know how to rear chickens, that he was not fit to keep poultry, and he (defendant) had taken the birds because they were not being properly treated. At this, there was much laughter in court. The orchardist was fined, and ordered to restore the chickens.
A noble lesson this should teach, Dear children unto you. If other people's goods you reach, Of rectitude 'twill be a breach, Or parsons will your virtues preach, According to the point of view, Or to the kind of folks you "do".
|Copyright © Perry Middlemiss 2002|