A drover, who just moved to Queensland from Victoria walks into a bar and orders 3 glasses of XXXX.
He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.
When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
The bartender approaches and tells the drover,
"You know, a glass goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time."
The cattleman replies,
"Well, you see, I have two brothers.
One's in 'Tassie' , the other one's a 'sand groper'. (lives in West Aust)
When we all left our home in Echuca', we promised that we'd drink this way
to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom and leaves it there.
The drover becomes a regular in the bar and always drinks the same way.
He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs.
All the regulars take notice and fall silent.
When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says,
"I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."
The drover looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
"Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains.
"It's just that my wife and I joined the Salvation Army and I had to quit drinking."
"Hasn't affected my brothers though.".