from Fantastic Fables
by Ambrose Bierce
THE King of Madagao, being engaged in a dispute with the King of Bornegascar, wrote him as follows:
"Before proceeding further in this matter I demand the recall of your Minister from my capital."
Greatly enraged by this impossible demand, the King of Bornegascar replied:
"I shall not recall my Minister. Moreover, if you do not immediately retract your demand I shall withdraw him!"
This threat so terrified the King of Madagao that in hastening to comply he fell over his own feet, breaking the Third Commandment.