The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 13, 2014

Not Quite What He Wanted


For The Daily Item

— A hunter raised his rifle and took careful aim at a large bear. When about to pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a soft soothing voice, "Isn't it better to talk than to shoot? What do you want? Let's negotiate the matter."

           Lowering his rifle, the hunter replied, "I want a fur coat."

             "Good," said the bear, "that is a negotiable item. I only want a full stomach, so let us sit down and negotiate a compromise."

             They sat down to negotiate and after a time the bear walked away, alone. The negotiations had been successful.

             The bear had a full stomach, and the hunter had his fur coat!