I’s Got a Lawyer Hired To Do de Defendin’

“Erastus, are you the defendant in this case?”

“No, Judge, I’s got a lawyer hired to do de defendin’. I’s de man dat stole de chickens.”

~ Philander Chase Johnson
“Everybody’s Magazine”, The Colyumists’ Confessional, May, 1920, p. 36

Philander Chase Johnson called it “[t]he most enduring joke [he] ever wrote”.

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