The finance committee of Chicago's City Council faced a grave crisis. The municipal court's psychiatric institute had sent in a request for a $2,300 appropriation.
First Alderman: What do they want with it?
Second Alderman: They want to buyaanthat is~xenceph~no, it's an electro-
Third Alderman: An electric fan, maybe?
Second Alderman (exhibiting his notes): No, they want this thing here.
Fourth Alderman: Somebody look in the dictionary.
Fifth Alderman: I did. Even Webster doesn't know what it means.
Second Alderman: Well, they want it anyway. It does something about brains.
First Alderman: And sure we could use that around here.
Third Alderman: On what?
Second Alderman: Never mind. Motion...