The Young Men and the Cook

183. THE YOUNG MEN AND THE COOK. Two young men went into a cook's shop, under pretence of buying meat; and while the cook's back was turned, one of them snatched up a piece of beef and gave it to his companion, who presently clapt it under his cloak. The cook turning about again, and missing his beef, began to charge them with it: which, he that first took it, swore bitterly he had none of it: he that had it, swore as heartily that he had taken up none of his meat.
“Why, look ye, gentlemen,” says the cook, “I see your equivocation; and though I cannot tell which of you has taken my meat, I am sure, between you both, there is a thief and a couple of rascals.” [more info]

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