President Von der Ahe bailed out Fred Lewis about 1 o'clock yesterday morning. Lewis' failure to answer when his case was called was the result of a mistake as to time.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 9, 1884
And I guess that's a better excuse than "There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property."
I might as well give you the clip but, fair warning, it's kinda NSFW and a tad gruesome. But it's funny.