Sat, 9 Aug 2003 02:09:49 +0100 (BST)
On Fri, 8 Aug 2003, Gene Buckle wrote:
> A bill collector knocked on the door of a country debtor. "Is Fred home?"
> he asked the woman who answered the door. "Sorry," the woman replied.
> "Fred's gone for cotton."
> The next day the collector tried again. "Is Fred here today?" "No, sir,"
> she said, "I'm afraid Fred has gone for cotton."
> When he returned the third day he humphed, "I suppose Fred is gone for
> cotton again,?" "No," the woman answered solemnly, "Fred died yesterday."
> Suspicious that he was being avoided, the collector decided to wait a week
> and investigate the cemetery himself. But sure enough, there was poor
> Fred's tombstone, with this inscription: "Gone, But Not for Cotton."