THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL
 ONCE the hammer said to the anvil, "I can
strike harder than you can bear."
The anvil replied, "I can bear harder
than you can strike; try!"
The hammer redoubled its energy, and
the anvil was as firm as ever.
"Hold on, gentlemen!" said the iron
that had got between the two, "the world
gains by it."
"Quite right," said the furnace, in its
own abrupt style?" vie and win; competition is the secret of the world's success."