[Sick Leave for the Federal Malingerer]
Disease, War, Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Commerce
Shows an American military officer (a 'Federal Malingerer') and an English officer in the bar of a New York hotel. Much to the English officer's consternation, the American officer complains of having gastric fever and states that he expects to contract small-pox. He proceeds to explain: 'I go to a civilian doctor, and tell him I want a month's sick leave—and I just give him twenty dollars, so he certifies I'm sick, and goes to an army doctor who certifies it-is-so. I git my leave, and the two doctors trouser the dollars between 'em'.
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