Clyde, a farmer in
Alabama, decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to
take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to
In court the trucking company's fancy lawyer was
questioning Clyde. "Didn't you say at the scene of the accident,
'I'm fine?'" asked the lawyer.
Clyde responded, "Well, I'll tell
you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into
"I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted,
"just answer the question. Did you or did you not say 'I'm
fine' at the scene of the accident?"
said, "Well, yes, but I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was
driving down the road..." The lawyer interrupted again and said,
"Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the
accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that
he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is
trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud.
Please tell him to simply answer the question."
time the Judge was fairly interested in Clyde's answer and
said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about
his favorite mule, Bessie."
Clyde thanked the Judge and
proceeded, "Well, like I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my
favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the
highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign
and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one
ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting
real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ole
Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible
shape just by her groans."About that time a Highway Patrolman
came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning
and groaning so he went over to her. "After he looked at her he
took out his gun and shot her between the
"Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun
in his hand and looked at me and said, 'And, how are you