HERCULES AND THE WAGONER
 A FARMER was driving his
wagon along a miry country road
after a heavy rain. The horses
could hardly drag the load through
the deep mud, and at last came
to a standstill when one of the
wheels sank to the hub in a rut.
The farmer climbed down from
his seat and stood beside the
wagon looking at it but with
out making the least effort to get
it out of the rut. All he did
was to curse his bad luck and call
loudly on Hercules to come to
his aid. Then, it is said, Hercules really did appear, saying:
"Put your shoulder to the
wheel, man, and urge on your
horses. Do you think you can
move the wagon by simply looking at it and whining about it?
Hercules will not help unless
you make some effort to help
And when the farmer put his
shoulder to the wheel and urged
on the horses, the wagon moved
very readily, and soon the Farmer was riding along in great
content and with a good lesson
Self help is the best help.
Heaven helps those who help themselves.
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