Out in the country, there lived a farmer whose daughter was the most beautiful woman in the county.
When she was of marrying age the farmer rounded up the three most eligible bachelors in the county.
“You three are my finalists,” he declared.
“The first one who can pass my gauntlet I will give my daughter’s hand in marriage.
Now, the gauntlet consists of four tests.
You must run through my field and then swim across the lake and then you must jump over the barbed wire fence.
There you will meet the final test which will remain a secret until that time” the three men began the gauntlet.
The first ran through the field but could not swim across the lake.
The second ran the field and swam the lake but could not clear the fence.
The third man ran the field, swam the lake and cleared the fence.
“I am ready for your secret test,” declared the third man.