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Burley & the Guineas

     One evening, Joe Evans came over to Burley Turner’s house and asked “Do you have a gun?”  Burley told him he did.  Joe asked “Do you have bullets?”  Burley told him he did.  Joe said “I have some guineas roosting in my barn and they are ruining my hay.  The cows won’t eat it.”   
     Burley gets the gun and the bullets and gives them to Joe.  Joe said “Burley, would you go up there with me”?  Burley and Joe go to Joe’s barn. 
     When they get into the barn, Joe said “Burley, would you shoot the guineas for me.”  Burley said “I’ll see what I can do.”  He takes aim and Joe said “Hold it!  Hold it!  We are going to dress the guineas and use the meat so you will have to shoot them through the head.”  Burley said “I don’t know if I can do that or not, but I’ll give it a try.” 
     He takes aim and Joe said “Hold it!  Hold it!  I don’t want any holes shot through the roof of my barn.”  Burley said “Joe, I don’t know if I can shoot the guineas in the head and not shoot a hole in the roof.  Here, you take the gun and kill them.”  (A guinea’s head will bob up and down so it is not easy to shoot in the head.)  Joe said “No, no, you can do it.”  Burley said  "I will try one shot and we may have to patch the roof.” 
     Burley took aim at a rafter and shot when the guinea’s head came down.  He shot all six guineas in the head and did not shoot a hole in the roof of Joe’s barn. 

Submitted by Jean Grimm and Ollie Blakley (as told by Burley Turner 1/11/07)
 

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