Posted November 9th, 2009 07:24 AM IP
In a small town out west in the 19th century, a cowboy was accused of cattle rustling and put in jail awaiting his trial. When it came his time to speak for himself he said "Yeah I have something to say. Ive been framed by the darned Masons. Every member of that posse was a Brother and now I see rings on the hands of all the lawyers and even you, Judge." The just said well that may be true, but your crime stands and you will hang for it tomorrow at sunrise.
As the sun came up, the forlorn cowboy was led across the dusty street to the gallows stairs, and slowly climbed up to his last minutes on earth. When he got to the top, he saw the executioner holding the hood, who said to the now resigned cowboy,"Its the sentence of the court that you should be hung by your neck until you are dead. Do you have anything to say before its all over? " The cowboy replied "Damn Right I do. Ive been framed this whole time by the damned Masons. The posse that come'n got me, the lawyers, even the gal'darn judge was a damn Freemason. Hows a guy supposed to get a fair trial in this town?" The executioner began to place the hood over the cowboys eyes and said "I understand that youre scared and upset, but now the time has come. So if you would please step off one upright step with your left foot..."