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Thus Cyrus praised his soldiers, laughing at1 the same time. But one of his captains, Aglai+tadas by name, one of the most austere of men, happened to be in Cyrus's tent at the same time and he spoke somewhat as follows: “You don't mean to say, Cyrus, that you think what these fellows have been telling is true?”

“Well,” said Cyrus, “what object could they have, pray, in telling a lie?”

“What object, indeed,” said the other, “except that they wanted to raise a laugh; and so they tell these stories and try to humbug us.”

1 Objections raised to both stories

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