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Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

104 - Two Footpads
The Basking Cyclone - 106

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DURING the Civil War a Patriot was passing through the State of Maryland with a pass from the President to join Grant's army and see the fighting. Stopping a day at Annapolis, he visited the shop of a well-known optician and ordered seven powerful telescopes, one for every day in the week. In recognition of this munificent patronage of the State's languishing industries, the Governor commissioned him a colonel.

104 - Two Footpads
The Basking Cyclone - 106

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