FRANCE: Papa & Barber

To have his silky mustache trimmed, Joseph Jacques Césaire Marshal Joffre entered his favorite Paris barber shop last week, wearing only one ribbon, that of the Médail le Militaire.

"Good morning all!" cried jovial Papa Joffre.

"Ah, my Marshal, and how are you?" beamed his barber.

Taking this idiom (comment vous portez-vous?: how do you carry yourself) literally, Papa twinkled, "Well, my children, if it weren't for the rheumatism in my legs I should carry myself very well!"

As it often does in French barber shops, the talk turned upon books. Papa said that...

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