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The next witness testifies:-
I am Nerve, the State Commissioner for Mortal Man.
I am intimately acquainted with the plaintiff, Personal
Sense, and know him to be truthful and upright, whereas
Mortal Man, the prisoner at the bar, is capable of
falsehood. I was witness to the crime of liver-complaint. I
knew the prisoner would commit it, for I convey messages
from my residence in matter, alias brain, to body.
Another witness is called for by the Court of Error
I am Mortality, Governor of the Province of Body, in
which Mortal Man resides. In this province there is a statute
regarding disease, - namely, that he upon whose person
disease is found shall be treated as a criminal and
punished with death.
The Judge asks if by doing good to his neighbor, it is
possible for man to become diseased, transgress the laws,
and merit punishment, and Governor Mortality replies in
Another witness takes the stand and testifies:-
I am Death. I was called for, shortly after the report of
the crime, by the officer of the Board of Health, who protested
that the prisoner had abused him, and that my presence
was required to confirm his testimony. One of the
prisoner's friends, Materia Medica, was present when I
arrived, endeavoring to assist the prisoner to escape from
the hands of justice, alias nature's so-called law; but my
appearance with a message from the Board of Health
changed the purpose of Materia Medica, and he decided at
once that the prisoner should die.