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If It's All Right with the Undertaker...

Back in the 19th century, governments were relatively unfettered by graft laws and there was as yet no civil-service system.  Presidents were constantly being hounded by hopeful office-seekers.

Abraham Lincoln had little patience with this sort of persn.  After a top official in the Post Office died, Lincoln was approached by a man craving his position.  "Sir," he said, "the Chief Postal Inspector has just died. Can I take his place?"

"Well," said the President, "if it's all right with the undertaker, it's fine with me."