Fantastic Fablesby Ambrose Bierce

Congress and the People

SUCCESSIVE Congresses having greatly impoverished the People, they were discouraged and wept copiously.

"Why do you weep?" inquired an Angel who had perched upon a fence near by.

"They have taken all we have," replied the People - "excepting," they added, noting the suggestive visitant - "excepting our hope in heaven. Thank God, they cannot deprive us of that!"

But at last came the Congress of 1889.