A persistent job-seeker once appeared before President Lincoln and demanded an appointment to a judgeship.
He was informed that there were no vacancies.
The next day, while walking along the river, he saw a drowned man being pulled out, and recognized him as a federal judge.
He ran back to the White House and demanded the position.
"Sorry," said the President, "but the lawyer who saw that judge fall in beat you here by a good five minutes."