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The Bear and the Two Travelers

Two men were traveling together, when a
bear suddenly met them on their path. One
of them climbed up quickly into a tree and
concealed himself in the branches. The other,
seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on
the ground, and when the bear came up and
felt him with his snout, and smelt him all
over, he held his breath, and feigned the
appearance of death as much as he could.
The bear soon left him, for it is said he
will not touch a dead body. When he was
quite gone, the other Traveler descend-
ed from the tree, and jocularly
inquired of his friend what it was the
bear had whispered in his ear. "He
gave me this advice," his companion
replied. "Never travel with a friend
who deserts you at the approach of

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