Reuben Barnes Ware, M.D., was a country doctor in Amherst County, Virginia back in the days when doctors made house calls. One day his took his young grandson along with him as he made his rounds. After several stops they stopped for lunch in a tavern, Doctor Ware had beer with his lunch and gave his grandson a small glass of it.
After lunch they set out to see the next patient but in passing a churchyard noticed a funeral in progress. “We need to stop and pay our respects” the doctor said. As they neared the grave, the grandson felt the effects of his first glass of beer, reeled a bit and fell into the open grave. After profuse apologies they headed home.
“Boy” said Doctor Ware, if you tell your Grandmother about this, I will have to kill you”!