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Mate Intoxicated


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The skipper of a tramp steamer, writing in the log, recording an eventful day, rounded off his task with the entry: “Mate intoxicated.†To the mate, who indignantly protested on reading it, the skipper retorted: “Well, it’s true, isn’t it?â€

The following day it was the mate’s duty to write the log. He completed his account with “Skipper sober.â€

The captain stared at it for a moment, and exploded.

“Well, it’s true, ain’t it?†was the mate’s rejoinder.

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