An Anecdote of Washington
During the Revolution, George Washington was one day riding by
a group of soldiers who did not know him. They were
busily engaged in raising a beam to the top of some
military works. It was a difficult task, and often the
corporal's voice could be heard shouting, "Now
you have it!" "All ready! Pull!" Washington
quietly asked the corporal why he didn't turn to and
help them. "Sir," angrily replied the corporal, "do
you realize that I am the corporal?"
Washington politely raised his hat, saying, "I did
not realize it. Beg pardon Mr. Corporal; then
dismounting, he himself fell to work and helped the men
till the beam was raised. Before leaving he turned to
the corporal, and wiping the perspiration from his
face, said, "If ever you need assistance like this
again, call upon Washington, your commander-in-chief,
and I will come."
The confused corporal turned red, then white, as he
realized that this was Washington himself to whom he
had been so pompous; and we hope he learned a lesson
of true greatness.