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Money is free... That is 'your money' is free... to me. - The Fed

[Sleepy young lass jumps on Gran Papa's lap. She hands him one of his oldest, dustiest books. It contain wonderful sketches of animals & men wearing stovepipe hats & tails.]

Grand Papa: Yes, Virginia there is a free lunch. Actual everything for sale is free. Well my young lass, it started long, long ago... Oh no. It was long before my time. Why this tale is older than your father... Older then his father. [Sleepy lass nods off; chair continues rocking.]

Even before "Once upon a time," there was a time. There was a time known to the oldest of men during "Once Upon a Time." Now here is way this yarn came to me. [Older children come from adjacent rooms to hear Gran Papa's yarn, for they too were sleepy & need to ready themselves for a long cold winter's night.]

"In a time of the trapper. Twas a time before schools. Before churches. A man needs only his wits.
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THE STORY OF THE TRAPPER BY A. C. LAUT AUTHOR OF HERALDS OF EMPIRE AND LORDS OF THE NORTH
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ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR HEMING AND OTHERS
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Constantinople reigned 1,000 years, w/ Gold & Silver... After Rome fell. 04/24/2012
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"History of Gold" US National Mining Assoc. 4K BC - 2K AD 09/05/2011
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♖All the Kings Horses v Golden Humpty Dumpty ♖ 08/20/2011
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"Follow Your Money." DTCC clears most payments. $2 quadrillion each year.

Submitted by Mark Twain 01/29/2013