The Man Of Common Sense

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"Twice five is ten," said I to the Kaffir.

The Kaffir looked at his fingers. "Yes," said he, after a pause.

"And two tens are twenty," I said.

The Kaffir hesitated.

"Count it on your fingers and toes," I urged.

The Kaffir counted his fingers and toes.

"Yes," said he, doubtfully.

"Then," I continued, " five tens are fifty."

"Oh, no," said the Kaffir, " that's sheer mysticism; no one has so many fingers and toes as that."

He was a Kaffir.