From The Wit and Humor of America, edited by Marshall P. Wilder, Volume III, New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls and Company, 1911; p. 573.
BY CAROLYN WELLS
Once on a Time there were Two Young Men, each of whom Bought an Automobile.
One Young Man, being of a Bold and Audacious nature, said:
“I will make my Machine go so Fast that I will break all Previous Records.”
Accordingly he did So, and he Flew through the Small Town like a Red Dragon Pursuing his Prey.
Unheeding all Obstacles in his Mad Career, his Automobile ran into a Wall of Rock, and was dashed to Pieces. Also, the young Man was killed.
The Other Young Man, being of a Timorous and Careful Disposition, started off with great Caution and Rode at a Slow Pace, pausing now and then, Lest he might Run into Something.
The Result was, that Two Automobiles and an Ice Wagon ran into him from behind, spoiling his Car and Killing the Cautious Young Man.
This Fable teaches Us, The More Haste The Less Speed, and Delays Are Dangerous.