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, walked away.
The Man in the tree
"It looked just
as if that Bear whispered in your ear," he said. "What did he
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."
is the test of true friendship.