One day, Daniel Webster and his brother Ezekiel were left at home alone with specific instructions regarding their chores. Returning to find the work undone, their father questioned his wayward sons.
"What have you been doing, Ezekiel?" the Captain asked. "Nothing, sir," Ezekiel meekly muttered. "Well, Daniel, what have you been doing?" Replied the future statesman: "Helping Zeke, sir!"