William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State in Woodrow Wilson's Cabinet, was
interviewing a man who was seeking a diplomatic post in China. Bryan warned the applicant
that it was necessary to qualify as a linguist. "Can you speak the Chinese
language?" he asked. The man was equal to the occasion. Looking Bryan squarely in the
eye, he replied, "Try me. Ask me something in Chinese."
John F. Parker in
Washington Roll Call, Reader's Digest, May, 1981.