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Berne Township, black teeth, pigs, hanging, humor, radio program
A handwritten letter from George C. Kershner addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated October 15, 1955. Within, Kershner provides an answer to a radio program inquiry about a swine disease along with a humorous tale of three German men arrested for a crime they did not commit.
George C. Kershner
Alfred L. Shoemaker
Berne Township, Pennsylvania
Berne Pa Oct. 15, 1955
Mr. A. L. Shoemaker
Dear Sir, in answer to your radio request.
Yes if young pigs have black teeth there are (Karbutz) or stand off their growing stage
Story No 1. Three Germans came to America and could not talk English.
The first one learned to say
We did it
The second: For a half dollar
The third, the quicker the better
None knew what it meant if a man was found murdered in the street nobody was close by when the officer came and arrested the three on suspicion. At the hearing the justice ask the first Who killed this man. He answered what he did not understand
1. We did it. He asked: Why
The second said 2. For a half dollar.
The justice then said the three of you will be hung. Then the third one said 3. The quicker the better.
And the three were hung innocent.
George C. Kershner
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Kershner, George C., "Letter from George C. Kershner to Alfred L. Shoemaker, October 15, 1955" (1955). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 232.
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