From the 11 January 1882 issue (Vol. 2, No. 51) of the The Advertiser, published in Clarkesville, Habersham Co., GA.
A Good Joke.
It is related of the Rev. Edward L. Stephens that as he was on his way to one of his appointments he was accosted by a young man who had recently been elected to the office of Justice of the peace, and who thought himself a very important personage. He said:
“Mr. Stephens, why do not you ministers of the present day follow the example of your Saviour more closely? We read of him riding to his appointments on asses.”
“Well,’ said Mr. S., “I will tell you. At this day and time, there are so many asses elected J. P. that we find it impossible to get one to ride.”
The J. P. had no more to say, and from this day wisely avoided all controversy on that subject.