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[ 176 J with a turnip of an unusual size. The king, delighted with the simplicity of the man, ordered him a thousand crowns. A courtier seeing so large a reward bestowed for so trifling a gist, bought a handsome horse and presented it to the king, in the hope of a larger reward; but the king perceiving his object, only ordered the turnip to be given to him, saying it had cost him a thousand crowns. 75. Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great had a celebrated but indigent philosopher at his Court, who being once greatly straitened in his circumstances, applied to the monarch for relief. The monarch immediately gave him an order on his treasury for whatever he wanted. He instantly went and demanded a thousand pounds of the treasurer, who surprized at so large.a demand refused to give it, until he received an order from Alexander himself. A lexander heard his representation with pati