The Rhinoceros And The Dromedary

A thirsty Rhinoceros, having to his great joy encountered a Dromedary

in the desert of Sahara, besought the latter animal of his mercy to

give him a drink, but the Dromedary refused, stating that he was

holding the fluid for an advance. "Why," said he to the Rhinoceros,

"did you not imitate my forethought and prudence, and take some heed to

the morrow?" The Rhinoceros acknowledged the justice of the rebuke.

Some time afterwards he met in an oasis the Dromedary, who had realised

at the turn of the market and was now trying to cover his shorts. "For

Heaven's sake," he gasped to the Rhinoceros, who was wallowing in the

midst of a refreshing pool, "trust me for a nip." "When I was thirsty,"

replied the Rhinoceros, "you declined to stand the drinks, but I will

give you a horn." So saying, he let the grateful sunlight into the

Dromedary's innards.

Moral: Virtue is its own reward.