One morning after breakfast, in the presence of Lincoln, who had stayed with him over night, and who was on his way to town, he called his overseer and said to him:“Mr. Allen, I desire you to impound ‘Big Brindle,’ in order that I may hear no animadversions on his eternal depredations.”
After the second or third glass was discussed, the Colonel turned to the overseer and said:“Eh, Mr. Allen, did you impound ‘Big Brindle,’ sir?”
This was too much; the company roared again, the Colonel being forced to join in the laughter, and in the midst of the jollity Allen left the table, saying to himself as he went, “I reckon the Colonel won’t ask me to impound any more oxen.”
After Colonel W. left for town, he went to his wife and asked her what the Colonel meant by telling him to impound the ox.
At the instigation of the French, Germany’s federal police raided the homes ofa number of known Chaos Computer Club members in Hamburg on September 27th and28th, impounding their computer equipment.
“And you’ll probably find that your creditors will impound the banking account of Mr. Cornelius,” said Holmes.