Morris and Lena's bull took sick and died, so they
needed to go to the auction to buy a new one. Morris
had to tend to the dairy and couldn't leave the farm,
so Lena 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 Morris would go to town with
the truck to pick up their newly purchased bull.
The bidding was furious at the livestock auction, and
Lena 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 vunce?" pleaded Lena. "Sorry lady," he
replied, "but you can send your husband a telegram to
tell him your problem. The office is just down the
At the Telegraph office, Lena asked, "Mister, how
many words can I send to my husband for a dime?"
"It's ten cents a word," the clerk answered.
Lena pondered her dilemma, then finally said, "OK,
here's da message: