"The perp was described as an Indian."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 11 02:44:31 UTC 2012

"A Middle-East Indian."

Well, the speaker - the local sheriff in Corvallis, OR - does
communicate his meaning successfully. We know that the perp wasn't a
Native-American "Indian."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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