Jokes for all occasions: experts

There was a chicken-stealing case before the court. The colored culprit pleaded guilty and was duly sentenced. But the circumstances of the case had provoked the curiosity of the judge, so that he questioned the darky as to how he had managed to take those chickens and carry them off from right under the window of the owner’s house, and that with a savage dog loose in the yard. But the thief was not minded to explain. He said:

“Hit wouldn’t be of no use, jedge, to try to ‘splain dis ting to you-all. Ef you was to try it you more’n like as not would git yer hide full o’ shot an’ git no chickens, nuther. Ef you want to engage in any rascality, jedge, you better stick to de bench, whar you am familiar.”