The Other Man
A MAN drifting down the river Nile saw another man fall from a tree into the jaws of a crocodile. Being fearfully afraid, he hastened to the shore. Seeing a lion on the bank, he was greatly alarmed and backed up against a tree. A serpent then fell down and sunk its fangs into the top of his head as the lion rended his flesh asunder.
"This is what I get!" the man cried.
Thus the earth, the air, and the water alike refused shelter to anyone at all.
The Manslayer (original fable)
A MAN committed a murder, and was pursued by the relations of the man whom he murdered. On his reaching the river Nile he saw a Lion on its bank and being fearfully afraid, climbed up a tree. He found a serpent in the upper branches of the tree, and again being greatly alarmed, he threw himself into the river, where a crocodile caught him and ate him. Thus the earth, the air, and the water alike refused shelter to a murderer.