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Back in 1889, Sid and Leah’s bull took sick and died, so they needed to go to the auction to buy a new one. Sid couldn’t leave the farm because he was busy starting a farming equipment business, so Leah took the train to the city to buy a bull. If she was successful, she would take the train back to the farm, then she and Sid would borrow their neighbor’s wagon to go to town and pick up their newly purchased bull.

The bidding was furious at the livestock auction, and Leah found herself bidding on the last remaining bull. It took everything she had but ten cents; but she was finally the successful bidder. Unfortunately, the train home was fifty cents. "Please, Mr. Conductor, couldn’t you make an exception just once?" pleadedLeah. "Sorry lady," he replied, "but you can send your husband atelegram to tell him your problem. The office is just down the street."

At the Telegraph office, Leah asked, "Mister, how many vords can I send to mine husband for a dime?"

"It’s ten cents a word," the clerk answered. Leah pondered her dilemma, then finally said, "OK, here’s mine message:

"COMFORTABLE." (source: www.haruth.com/Jhumor15.html)

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