Pudding by Unknown
The following story is told of an American captain and his mate.
Whenever a plum-pudding was made, most of the plums, by the captain's
orders, were put into one end of it, and that end was placed next the
captain, who was rather a greedy and selfish man. The captain, after
helping himself, passed it to the mate, who never found many plums in
"'You have found me out!' said the captain."
After this trick had been played for some time, the mate coaxed the
steward beforehand, and got him to place the plumless end next the
captain. But the captain no sooner saw the pudding than he discovered
that he had the wrong end of it.
Picking up the dish, he turned it about in his hands, as if examining
'This dish,' he said, in a casual manner, 'cost me three shillings in
Liverpool.' With these words he put down the dish, with the 'plummy' end
of the pudding turned towards himself.
'Really,' said the mate, in his turn lifting the dish, 'I should not
have thought it worth more than a shilling.'
Then, with apparent carelessness, he put down the pudding, with the
plums towards himself.
The two men looked at one another. The captain laughed. The mate
'You have found me out!' said the captain. 'Well, we will cut the
pudding lengthwise, and in future the plums shall be fairly