March 20, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

My hon. friend the Minister of Trade and Commerce can well take care of himself, as perhaps the hon. gentleman opposite will find if he persists in his attempt to draw him out. Let me relate as a warning to the hon. gentleman a story told by the late Hon. Mr. Huntingdon in this House, under somewhat similar circumstances, for the benefit of an hon. gentleman opposite him. A little boy received a present of a jack knife, and, with it he tried to carve his name upon the hind quarters of a mule. Some time after the doctor had tried to put his nose into shape and reduce the swelling of his eyes, the little boy said to his father : ' Pa, do you think I will ever
look as nice as before ? ' ' No,' said his
father, ' but you will be a darn sight wiser.'

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