The Case of the Missing Cow
A big city lawyer was called in on a case between a farmer and a large railroad company.
The farmer noticed that his prize cow was missing from the field through
which the railroad passed and he filed suit against the railroad company for
the value of the missing cow.
The case was to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room
of the general store.
The attorney immediately cornered the farmer and tried to get him to settle
out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and the farmer finally
agreed to take half of what he was claiming to settle the case.
After the farmer signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer
couldn't help but gloat a little over his success. He said to the farmer,
"You know, I hate to tell you this but I put one over on you in there. I
couldn't have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in
the caboose when the train went through your farm that morning. I didn't
have one witness to put on the stand."
The old farmer replied, "Well, I'll tell you, young feller, I was a little
worried about winning that case myself because that durned cow came home
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