Fred's Gone



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

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."