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It occurs to few of those who have to foot the bill that this ironic paradox permits the makers of mischief a much longer run for their (and the country’s) money than is accorded to those who have to try and putty-up” once that selfsame mischief has been wrought. For that is the way it goes: as lallyrand was fain to confess to Marshal Ney, “When my profession fails, yours comes