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One-Way Ticket

Today in the Word, August, 1997, p. 35

Former French prime minister Georges Clemenceau fought many duels with various rivals. On one occasion, he surprised his second by asking the attendant at a Paris railroad station for a one-way ticket to the duel. "Isn't that a little pessimistic?" asked the second.

"Not at all," Clemenceau replied. "I always use my opponent's return ticket for the trip back."