An old-time sea Captain wrote in his log:
“The First Mate drunk all day.”
When that officer read the record, he expostulated vehemently.
“Why,” he exclaimed, “It was the first and only time that happened in a year, and your entry implies that I am a common sot.”
“Isn’t it true that you were drunk all day?” asked the Captain.
The Mate had to admit it, and the Captain said, “Then let it Stand.”
Shortly thereafter it became the Mate’s turn to write the log, and he made this entry:
“The Captain has been sober all day.”
“What do you mean, Sir?” roared the skipper when he saw it.
“Isn’t it true, Sir?” asked the Mate.
“Why, of course it’s true, but –”
“Then let it stand,” said the First Officer.