In court, the trucking company's lawyer was questioning Ole.
'Didn't you say, sir, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'?' asked
'Vell, I'll tell you vat happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule,
Bessie, into the...'
'I didn't ask for any details', the lawyer interrupted.
'Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the
Ole said, 'Vell, 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 Minnesota
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.'
By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Ole's answer and said to
the lawyer, 'I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule,
Ole thanked the Judge and proceeded. 'Vell as I vas saying, I had just
loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into da trailer and vas driving her down
da highvay ven dis huge semi-truck and trailer ran da stop sign and smacked
my truck right in da side.
I vas trown into one ditch and Bessie vas trown into da other. I vas
hurting real bad and didn't vant to move. However, I could hear Bessie
moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans'.
'Shortly after da accident da Minnesota Highway Patrolman came to da scene.
He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he vent over to her'.
'After he looked at her, and saw her fatal condition, he took out his
gunand shot her right 'tween da eyes.
Then the Patrolman came across da road, gun still in hand, looked at me and
said, 'How are you feeling?''
'Now vat the hell vould YOU say?'