TWO TRAVELERS AND A BEAR
 TWO MEN were traveling in
company through a forest, when,
all at once, a huge Bear crashed
out of the brush near them.
One of the Men, thinking of
his own safety, climbed a tree.
The other, unable to fight the
savage beast alone, threw himself
on the ground and lay still, as if he
were dead. He had heard that a
Bear will not touch a dead body.
It must have been true, for
the Bear snuffed at the Man's
head awhile, and then, seeming
to be satisfied that he was dead,
The Man in the tree climbed
"It looked just as if that Bear
whispered in your ear," he said.
"What did he tell you?"
"He said." answered the other,
"that it was not at all wise to
keep company with a fellow
who would desert his friend in
a moment of danger."
Misfortune is the test of true friendship.
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