The circus was back in town and naturally a big parade of clowns and acrobats and animals paraded down Main Street in the middle of the small town.
The elephants were trunk to tail and just as they crossed the railroad track at the edge of town, a train ran through. Although the first two elephants made it through, the third one was hit solidly by the train.
Weeks later the train company received a bill for three dead elephants.
"What?", wrote back the rep for the train company. "We only ran over one elephant!"
"Yes", came the reply. "But the other two were holding on, pulled their asses inside out and had to be put down."