Miracle Doctor

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A new "miracle doctor" arrived in the frontier town, complete with the most solemn assertions that he could cure anything. After several weeks everyone in the community was amazed at the fellow's competence ... save perhaps one drifter, who went by the name "Bad Deal" Bill.

With a bit of prompting from the town's malcontents, who were always happy to see some excitement, Bill presented himself to the "miracle doctor," just to show him up.

"Well doc," Bill began, "I done lost my sense of taste. I can't taste nothin', so what are ya goin to do?"

The doctor scratches his head, mumbles incoherently, then announces,

"What you need is jar number 43."

Jar number 43? Bill wonders.

The jar is produced and Bill instructed to taste it.

"This is foul!" he yells.

"Your sense of taste is restored," announced the doctor.

Bill continues on his way, his confidence unshaken but more than mildly irritated at this setback.

Some weeks later, Bill appears with a new problem,

"Doc," says he, "I have a terrible problem, I can't remember; memory's clean vanished."

The doctor scratches his head, mumbles incoherently, then announces,

"What you need is jar number 43 ..."

Before the doctor finished his sentence, Bill permanently disappeared to parts unknown.