First of all English is not my native language, so please feel free to edit any errors in style or spelling.
After reading the column about Clarence Darrow smoking a cigar in a courtroom without dropping the ashes, it came to my mind that in the book “Pancho Villa, que es su padre” it is reported that a federal officer was captured, and was sentenced to die before a firing squad. As his last wish he asked to smoke an eight inch cigar in front of Pancho Villa. The wish was granted and he did so, standing in front of the firing squad, without dropping the ashes, to show Villa that his hand wasn’t shaking and he wasn’t afraid to die
I would have loved to say he was pardoned, but that was not the case. He was shot and Pancho Villa’s comment was “Lástima, qué lindo pelao”, loosely translated as “It’s a pity, some dude”.