by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Eating Democrats
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Alfred Packer ate five prospectors whom he was guiding 
over a high Colorado plateau in 1874.

The judge who sentenced Packer to hang indignantly pointed out 
that "There was only six Democrats in all of Hinsdale County 
and you ate five of them."

The Department of Agriculture startled the official community 
by dedicating its cafeteria to Alfred Packer. Then the General
Services Administration removed the plaque and accused them 
of "bad taste."


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "En mangeant des démocrates", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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En mangeant des démocrates
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Alfred Packer mangea cinq prospecteurs qu'il guidait
sur un plateau élevé du Colorado en 1874.

Le juge qui condamna Packer à être pendu fit remarquer avec indignation  :
« Il y avait seulement six démocrates dans tout le comté de Hinsdale
et vous en avez mangé cinq. »

Le Département de l'Agriculture a surpris la communauté officielle
en dédiant sa cafétéria à Alfred Packer. Alors
les services généraux de l'Administration ont enlevé la plaque et l'ont accusé
de « mauvais goût. »


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Word count: 82