He was a New Yorker visiting in a South Carolina village and he

sauntered up to a native sitting in front of the general store, and

began a conversation.

"Have you heard about the new manner in which the planters are going to

pick their cotton this season?" he inquired.

"Don't believe I have," answered the other.

"Well, they have decided to import a lot of monkeys to do the picking,"

rejoined the New Yorker. "Monkeys learn readily. They are thorough

workers, and obviously they will save their employers a small fortune

otherwise expended in wages."

"Yes," ejaculated the native, "and about the time this monkey brigade is

beginning to work smoothly, a lot of you fool northerners will come

tearing down here and set 'em free."