A gentleman strolling alongside a canal observed an old negro and a colored boy fishing. A moment later, a splash was heard. The boy had fallen into the water. The old darky, however, jumped in after the lad, and succeeded in getting him safely to the bank. There he stood the victim on his head to let the water drain out, and it was at this moment that the gentleman arrived on the scene with profuse expressions of admiration for the prompt rescue.
“It was noble of you,” the gentleman declared rather rhetorically, “to plunge into the water in that way at the risk of your life to save the boy. I congratulate you on your brave display of heroic magnanimity.”
The old colored man answered with an amiable grin:
“All right, boss. Ah doan know nuffin’ ’bout magn’imity. But Ah jess had to git dat boy out de water. He had de bait in his pocket.”