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By Mark Twain
From "King Leopold's Soliloquy- A Defense of His Congo Rule" (1905).

AN ORIGINAL MISTAKE by little, they were proved by documents and by official texts." "The practice of cutting off hands is said to be contrary to instructions; but you are content to say that indulgence must be shown and that this bad habit must be corrected 'little by little' and you plead, moreover, that only the hands of fallen enemies are cut off, and that if the hands are cut off 'enemies' not quite dead, and who, after recovery, have had the bad

taste to come to the missionaries and show them their stumps, it was due to an original mistake in thinking that they were dead." From Debate in Belgian Parliament, July, 1903.

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