I am no book larnt man, but there is few who can beat me swapping horses or guessing at the weight of a bar. I have come here because my people voted for me, knowing I was a honest man and could make as good whiskey and apple brandy at my still as any man.
Administration in the State of Miss, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Part of a speech by Jacob Groom, and 1820s state legislator ("bar" means "bear"). Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State (The WPA Guide to Missouri), p. 265, Duell, Sloan and Pearce (1941).