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The Daily Dispatch: March 29, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Fishing time coming. When it was known that a certain French King was dead, a certain French wag wrote to a friend, "the king died yesterday; the sun rose this morning." We say this was the dictum of some French wag, with regard to some French king. But we are by no means certain that either party was a Frenchman nor do we know where we saw the anecdote. To tell the truth, the French are so witty, and so full of what they call bons mots,that they have to father a vast deal of bastard wit. The necessity of locating (to use an American phrase) everything in these matter-of-fact days, alone induces us to lay this bantling at the door of some Frenchman. We hope none of that gallant nation may be ever made responsible for bantlings of a less equivocal description. But as we were saying, somebody, somewhere, said in a letter — or wrote if you will insist on speaking by the card — when some king of some country died, on some occasion, what we have stated above, viz: "The king died