After a strenuous argument with Flannery, the local Express Agent, Mr. Morehouse refuses to pay the 30 cent charges on each of the two guinea pigs shipped him, claiming they are pets and subject to the 25 cent rate. Flannery replies, "Pigs is pigs and I'm blame sure them animals is pigs, not pets, and the rules says, 30 cents each." Mr. Morehouse writes many times to the Express Company, claiming guinea-pigs are not common pigs, and each time is referred to a different Department. Flannery receives a note from the Tariff Department inquiring as to condition of consignment, to which he replies. "There are eight now. All good eaters. Paid out two dollars for cabbage so far." The matter finally reaches the President, who writes a friend, a Zoological Professor. Unfortunately that gentleman is in South Africa, causing a delay of many months, during which time the pigs increase to 160. At last word is received from the learned man proving that guinea pigs are not common pigs. Flannery is ...
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