reasonable excuse

References in classic literature ?
A CAT caught a Cock, and pondered how he might find a reasonable excuse for eating him.
And now since I cannot conceive that ye would hold a spelling bee upon the street corner, will ye name some reasonable excuse for being at large?
Still, however, affection was glad to catch at any reasonable excuse for not hurrying on the wretched moment.
He drew his chair nearer to the fire though, as a kind of hint that he would prefer to be alone, and John, having no reasonable excuse for remaining, left him to himself.
At these, to all appearance, reasonable excuses that she made, her uncle ceased to urge her, and waited till she was somewhat more advanced in age and could mate herself to her own liking.
Between January 27, 2014, and December 31, 2016, while serving as an acting police officer employed by Northumbria Police, he wilfully misconducted himself, without reasonable excuse of justification, namely by engaging in a relationship with [a woman], a witness is an investigation in which he was involved to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust in a police officer.
On this, Justice Maqbool Baqir asked the counsel to give a reasonable excuse for the extension.
But he was found to have had no reasonable excuse for not providing the information requested by TPR, with the prosecution suggesting he had been "making up the defence as he goes along".
Sheriff Colin Pettigrew granted a warrant for his arrest when Finnegan failed to attend or submit any reasonable excuse for his non-appearance.
He added: "Having something and forgetting about it does not give you a reasonable excuse (for having it).
Mr Chappell has been summoned to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on September 20 to face three charges of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents without a reasonable excuse.