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J. H. Stickney

The Two Travelers

A S two men were traveling through a wood, one of them took up an ax which he saw laying upon the ground. "Look here," said he to his companion; "I have found an ax."

"Don't say I  have found it," said the other, "but we. As we are companions, we ought to share it between us."

"No," said the first, "I found the ax. It is mine."

They had not gone far when they heard the owner of the ax pursuing them, and calling out to them in great passion.

"We are in for it now," said he who had the ax.

"Nay," said the other; "say I  am in for it, not we. When you thought you had a prize, you would not let me share it with you, and now you cannot expect me to share in the danger."