the private carriage

One day `Abdu’l-Bahá was going from `Akká to Haifa and asked for a seat in the stage coach. The driver, surprised, said `Your Excellency surely wishes a private carriage.’ `No,’ replied the Master. While He was still in the coach in Haifa, a distressed fisherwoman came to Him; all day she had caught nothing and now must return to her hungry family. The Master gave her five francs, then turned to the driver and said: `You now see the reason why I would not take a private carriage. Why should I ride in luxury when so many are starving?’

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