A Bull by the Tail

An old rancher filed a lawsuit against a railroad company when his prize bull went missing because a train damaged a section of his fence. The rancher only asked to be paid the fair value of the bull.

A date for the hearing was set, and the railroad sent a slick lawyer to represent it. Just before the hearing began, the railroad attorney approached the rancher and started to pressure him to settle the case immediately. After a few minutes, the rancher gave in, agreeing to half the money he was asking for.

After signing the settlement papers and handing over the check, the lawyer said, “You know, I have to admit, you would have won this case. The engineer was asleep and the train was going too fast when it passed your farm.”

The old rancher shrugged. “I was a little worried myself. The darned bull came back this morning.”

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