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“Answer each of these questions explicitly then,” said Cyrus; “if any one happens to be an officer under you and does wrong, do you permit him to continue in office or do you put another in his place?”

“I put another in his place.”

“And what if he has great possessions—do you allow him to continue rich, or do you make him poor?”

“I confiscate all that he may happen to possess,” said he.

“And if you find out that he is trying to desert to the enemy, what do you do?”

“I put him to death,” said he; “I may as well confess, for why should I convict myself of lying and be put him to death for that, instead of telling the truth?”

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