Death is better than drinking Milk (Post no.7639)

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Post No.7639

Date uploaded in London – 1 March 2020

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More Death bed Anecdotes

Cough Practice!

When Curran, the witty English lawyer of the eighteenth century, lay on his death bed, he was told by his physician that he coughed rather easier than before,

“In faith, so I think I ought , for I have been practicing all night”.


Lord Holland

When Lord Holland was on his death bed, his friend George Selwyn called to enquire how his Lordship was, and left his card. This was taken to Lord Holland who said,

If Mr Selwyn calls again, show him into my room. If I am alive, I shall be glad to see him. If I am dead I am sure he will be delighted to see me.


Politest Message

An old French Countess of the most exquisite politeness was about to breathe her last, when she received a call from acquaintance ignorant of her mortal illness. The answer sent down from the chamber of the departing sufferer was eminently unique.

“The Countess de Rouen sends her compliments to Madame de Calais , but begs to be excused , as she is engaged in dying”.


Apologizing for Dying Late

Louis XIV lingered in a prolonged death bed agony, during the whole of which, the courtiers of his chamber were required to the in attendance. After some days of his slow decrease, the King opened his eyes and remarked faintly

“Gentlemen, I must apologise for being such an unconscionable time dying”.


Death is better than drinking Milk

When John Donne, the English poet, was dying, the great physician Dr Simon Faxe told him he might be restored by cordials and drinking milk twenty days together; but the Dean loathed milk and passionately refused to drink it. Upon the doctor’s insisting, he did try it for ten days, then said he would rather die than continue since he didn’t fear death.

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Finance Minister’s Wife’s Gown – Uncovered Deficit! (Post No.7055)

Date: 4 OCTOBER 2019
British Summer Time uploaded in London – 14-08
Post No. 7055

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According to F W Wile, “It was President Wilson himself who told us of one of the conversations of Signor Orlando about Fiume. The Italian premier argued that , as the population, language and the institutions of the city were overwhelmingly Italian , Italy’s claim to the city was indisputable. “Well, Mr Premier”, rejoined Mr Wilson, “I hope you wont press the point with respect to New York city, or you might feel like claiming a sizeable piece of Manhattan Island.”

(Manhattan and New York have sizeable population of Italians)

Where is Fiueme?

From Wikipedia–

The Free State of Fiume (pronounced [ˈfjuːme]) was an independent free state that existed between 1920 and 1924. Its territory of 28 km2 (11 sq mi) comprised the city of Fiume (now in Croatia and known as Rijeka) and rural areas to its north, with a corridor to its west connecting it to Italy.


Among the guests at a luncheon, was the wife of the Finance Minister of one of the neutral countries. Her gown was very décolleté but nature had not endowed her with the necessary charms to wear such a garment. German Foreign Minister Rantzau gazed at her and then murmured, she is just like her husband, an uncovered deficit.”

Word meaning–




  1. (of a woman’s dress or top) having a low neckline.


  1. a low neckline on a woman’s dress or top.


No  Waiters and Cab Drivers at the Trade Conference?

When James B Reynolds was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Senator Root sent for Reynolds one day to discuss with him  some matter concerning a trade conference in Paris which Mr Reynolds had been selected to attend.

I suppose, said Root, you speak French.

Well, yes, responded Mr Reynolds. I know a little French. I have no trouble to  make the waiters and the cab drivers understand me. Mr Reynolds

I see said Mr Root, But Mr Reynolds, suppose there should be no waiters and cab drivers at the conference?”


King, You are surrounded by my enemies!!

The famous Marshal Villars , having given some offence to the mistress and ministers of Louis XIV, occasion was soon found to send him on a very dangerous service in Germany. When coming to take farewell of the king the marshal thus expressed himself:

“Sire I leave Your Majesty surrounded by my enemies, while I am going to be surrounded by yours”.

Xxx  subham xxx