PRACTICAL TO THE END
In Winston Churchill’s early years he often found assignments to travel as a soldier on special assignment and doubled as a journalist to various war- spots around the world. After having landed an assignment to visit a troubled spot in the Egyptian Sudan he was approached by a funereal-looking stringbean of a man after dinner one night who begged an interview, which went something like this, according to one of Churchill’s clubmates: “Ah, I’m the president of the Psychical Research Society,” said the diner. “To be sure,” replied Churchill, in excellent spirits as a result of his appointment. “Any news?” “Tolerably slow at this season. We’ve had one or two little triumphs, but nothing of public interest. To be candid, a spectacular abridgment would not be at all amiss.” When Churchill seemed puzzled, he went on: “You are, I believe, preparing to go into the Egyptian Sudan on a mission of some danger?” “Why, no more than a routine –”…
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