Transcript: People of Ontario: Bert and Joe - The Blacksmith | Mar 30, 1990

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Fast clips show tractors and working machines in farm. A caption reads “People of Ontario.”

Two men sit down in a garden on a sunny day.

The caption changes to “Bert Sitch. Hymers, Ontario” and then to “Joe Webb. Hymers, Ontario.”

Joe is in his late seventies, with short white hair. He’s clean-shaven and wears glasses, a beige jacket over a green plaid shirt and a black cap. Bert is in his seventies. He’s bald and clean-shaven. He wears glasses, a patterned white cardigan with details in brown. Matching brown trousers and a dark green shirt.

Joe says
I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S
A TRUE STORY OR NOT,
BUT THERE'S A STORY...
A FARMER TOOK HIS TEAM
TO THE BLACKSMITH AS
THEY COULD GET SHOD.
AND HE ASKED THE BLACKSMITH
HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST HIM
TO GET 8 SHOES PUT
ON HIS TEAM OF HORSES.
AND THE BLACKSMITH SAYS,
GIVE HER A FIGURE.
OH, THE FARMER SAID,
THAT'S TOO MUCH MONEY.
THAT'S RIDICULOUS.
I CAN'T AFFORD THAT.
WELL, THE BLACKSMITH SAYS
HERE'S WHAT I'LL DO FOR YOU.
HE SAID YOU GIVE ME A
CENT FOR THE FIRST NAIL
AND THEN DOUBLE IT EVERY
NAIL AFTER, AND HE SAYS,
I'LL SHOE YOUR HORSES.
NOW THERE'S 32 NAILS IN A
SET OF SHOES FOR A TEAM.
SO THE FARMER QUICKLY
CALCULATED IN HIS HEAD,
A CENT FOR THE FIRST NAIL,
TWO CENTS FOR THE SECOND NAIL...
FOUR CENTS... I'LL
TAKE YOU UP ON THAT.
HE NEVER GOT HIS BILL PAID.
'CAUSE YOU KNOW
WHAT IT COMES TO?
HAVE YOU FIGURED IT OUT?
IT COMES TO 21 MILLION DOLLARS.
OVER 21 MILLION DOLLARS HE WOULD PAY.
SO IF ANYBODY WANTS
TO FIGURE THAT OUT,
I GOT THE FIGURES
RIGHT IN THE BASEMENT,
IN MY FILE.
THAT'S WHAT THE FARMER PAID.
A CENT FOR THE FIRST NAIL
AND DOUBLE IT EVERY NAIL AFTER.

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The end credits roll.

Editor, Jim Crewe.

Producer and director, Inge Johnson.

A production of TV Ontario.

Copyright. The Ontario Authority. 1990.

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