Re: the ***s and the ###s.

I don't know who the ***s were, but the ###s where certainly lawyers.

A (kind of) similar story is told of Mark Twain. Riding a train, one day, a fellow passenger approached him and begged to be allowed to hide under his seat; the man had no ticket. Along came the conductor and Twain asked for two tickets. "But you're traveling alone," said the conductor, "Why two?" Said Twain, "One for me, and one for the guy under my seat."