Two boy scouts went on a nature hike in the hills, picking hickory
nuts along the way. They soon filled their small pails and started
to fill their pants and shirt pockets. When they could hold no more
nuts they started down the country road until they came across a
cemetery. One of the boys decided that would be a good place to stop
and divide up the nuts.
The two boys sat in the shade of a large oak tree and unloaded their
pockets and buckets dumping all of the nuts in a large pile. In the
process two of the nuts rolled down near the road. The boys then
proceeded to divide up the nuts. "One for you. One for me. One for
you. One for me."
As they were dividing the nuts, another boy walking by the cemetery
happened to hear them. He looked into the cemetery but could not see
the boys because they were hidden by the tree. He hesitated a moment
and then ran back to his house.
"Father, father," he yelled as he entered his house. "The cemetery.
Come quick!!!" "What's the matter," the father asked? "No time to
explain," the boy frantically panted. "Follow me!!!" The boy and
the father ran up the country road and stopped when they reached
the cemetery. They stood at the side of the road, and listened
for a few moments. Then the father asked his son, "what's wrong?"
The son said, "do you hear that (he whispered)?" They both listened
intently and heard the Scouts. "One for me. One for you. One for
me. One for you."
The boy then blurted out to his father, "The devil and the God are
dividing the souls!!!" The father grinned but was silent. A few
moments later, as the Scouts completed dividing out the nuts, one
Scout said to the other . . ." As soon as we get those two nuts
down by the road, we'll have them all."
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