A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in
a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher's
prize bull was missing from the section through
which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted
to be paid the fair value of the bull.
The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice
of the peace in the back room of the general store.
The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered
the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of
court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and
finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he
After the rancher had signed the release and took
the check, the young lawyer couldn't resist gloating
a little over his success, telling the rancher, "You
know, I hate to tell you this, old man, 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 ranch that
morning. I didn't have one witness to put on the stand.
I bluffed you!"
The old rancher replied, "Well, I'll tell you, young
feller, I was a little worried about winning that case
myself, because that durned bull came home this morning."