THE TRAVELERS AND THE BEAR
TWO friends were walking along the road, when a Bear
came suddenly upon them.
One of them got first to a tree, and climbed up into it
and hid among the branches.
The other, who was slower, fell flat upon the ground,
and made believe that he was dead.
When the Bear came up to him, and poked him with his
nose, he held his breath; for it is said that this
animal will not touch a dead man. The Bear went off,
and the Man who was in the tree came down, and asked
the other what the Bear had whispered.
"He told me," said the other, "not to travel with
friends who would desert me when danger came."
This fable teaches that misfortunes sometimes show
which of our friends are true friends.