Al Smith was governor of New York State. He was a famouse
man. he was born very poor on the East Side of New York City. he
had little education. He worked very hard and won great success.
One day, as governor, he was visiting the state prison at Sing
Sing. Sing Sing is one of the largest prisons in the United States.
The head of the prison asked Mr. Smith to say something to the
prisoners. Mr. Smith had never spoken to this kind of audience
before. He did not know how to begin.
Finally, he said, "My fellow citizens..." Then he remembered
that when a man goes to prison he is no longer a citizen. he began
again. "My fellow prisoners..." That did not sound right,
so he said: "Well, anyway, I'm glad to see so many of you