Consider the story of the soldier who meets Death at a crossing in the marketplace, and believes he saw him make a menacing gesture in his direction.  He rushes to the king's palace and asks the king for his best horse in order that he might flee during the night far from Death, as far as Samarkand.  Upon which the king summons Death to the palace and reproaches him for having frightened one of his best servants.  But Death, astonished, replies: "I didn't mean to frighten him.  It was just that I was surprised to see this soldier here, when we had a rendez-vous tomorrow in Samarkand."

                              -- Senator William Borah