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Nancy Troutman
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This was told to me to be a true story, but obviously it can never be verified.

Back in the early 1900's a diagnosis of diabetes was fatal.   An old farmer was dying of it, and knew he only had a few months left to live.   He owned a pig farm with about 30 different gates on it.   The pigs used to escape occasionally by digging under gates.   A way to prevent this was to place a stacked row of about 3 locust logs between the gates but all of them at or slightly below ground level.

Now Congress had just passed an inheritance law.   The farmer loudly complained about the new tax and that he was not going to have his heirs pay such a tax if he could figure out a way around it.   He had a greedy-lazy relative that he hated who was brown-nosing the farmer towards the end.   Later that week he called the hated relative to his bedside.   Told the hated relative that the best place to bury hidden money was between 2 gates, nuff said.  The greedy relative asked about which gate; however, the farmer was too weak to answer.

Well, the farmer passed on, and the Will was read, and it had a strange provision in it.   It gave the hated greedy-lazy relative exclusive access to the farm for a period of 2 months.   After that, the farm and all his other assets were to be given to his granddaughter.   He also left a note to the granddaughter with the lawyer who made up his Will.   The note was to be given to the granddaughter on the day that the property was transferred to her, and not one day sooner.  He told the lawyer that he was not to tell anyone about the note, and the lawyer complied.

So the hated lazy-greedy relative was given access to the property.   And sure enough, he dug up between all 30 the gates.   He dug fairly deep in desperation, and towards the end he stayed up nights and dug deeper still.   When the day arrived that the granddaughter gained access to the property, she found that all 30 gates had 3' ditches dug between them.   The lawyer arrived, and handed her a note from the farmer.   And this is what the note read:  "Near every one of the gates on my farm you will find 3 locust logs cut to the right length to fit between the gates.   Your uncle Juston has dug up the ground between the gates for you, so that the only thing you have to do is stack the logs between the gates then cover with dirt.   Thhis way you will never have pigs escaping by digging out from under the gates."
 
Marla Kacey
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ROFL!!! I love stories like this, true or not.

Thanks for posting!
 
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