The Unfortunate Elephant

An Elephant had been endeavouring to rive the bole of a knotted oak

with his trunk, but the tree closed upon that member, detaining it, and

causing the hapless Elphas Africanus intense pain. He shook the

forest with his trumpeting, and all the beasts gathered around him.

"Ah, ha, my friend," said a pert Chimpanzee, "you have got your trunk

checked, I see." "My children," said a temperate Camel to her young,

"let this awful example teach you to shun the bole." "Does it hurt

much?" said a compassionate Gnu. "Ah, it does; it does; it must; I gnu

it; I have been a mother myself." And while they were sympathising with

him the unfortunate Elephant expired in great agony.

Moral: The moral of the above is so plain as to need explanation.

Talk is cheap.