An accident happens at a railroad crossing in which a train smashes into a car and pushed it several hundred yards down the track. Though no one is killed, the driver takes the train company to court.
At the trial, the engineer insists that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for almost a minute. He even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he'd done it. The court believed him, and the suit was dismissed.
"Congratulations," the lawyer said to the engineer afterward. "You held up extremely well under cross-examination."
"Thanks," he said, "but they sure had me worried."
"How's that?" the lawyer asked.
"I was afraid they were going to ask if the gosh darn lantern was lit!"