The kind rider

Once upon a time in USA, a rider came across a few soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log of wood without success.

The corporal was standing by, just watching as the men struggled.

The rider couldn’t believe it. He asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping.

The corporal replied: “I am the corporal. I only give orders.’’

The rider said nothing in response. Instead he dismounted his horse, went up and stood by the soldiers and, as they tried to lift the log, he helped them.

With his help, the task was finally carried out.

Who was this kind rider?

He was George Washington, the Commander-in-chief.

He quietly mounted his horse, went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the commander-in-chief.”


George Washington (1732–1799) was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America and served as the nation’s first president (1789–1797). In the American Revolutionary War, General Washington led Patriot forces to victory over the British and their allies. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 which established the new federal government.

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