Hundreds of years ago a man lived in south China . He was a government official. He was so honest and fair , people loved him and they called him "Lord Bao".
One day during his routine visit to a town Lord Bao found a little boy who was crying badly.
''Why are you crying my child'' ? Kind hearted Lord Bao asked the young boy.
''Sir, I use to sell oil to earn my livings. I have lost all my money."
''How ?", asked Lord Bao.
"In the afternoon I felt tired , I put my the money next to me and put my head on this stone and fell asleep'' the boy said pointing towards a stone.
''When I got up I found out that my money wasn't here.'',he added.
''Oh! So the stone has stolen your money, it is the thief.'' ,said Lord Bao. He lifted the stone with his hands and screamed,''Where is the money of this little boy , give it back! ' People who heard him shouting laughed and whispered in each others ears, '' How can a stone steal the money? Lord Bao has gone crazy."
While the people were putting their coins in the bag , Lord Bao was checking every coin by himself.
"He is the thief , catch him!", suddenly Lord Bao pointed his finger towards a man and shouted.
"But how can be you so sure that he is the thief ?", Someone questioned Lord Bao.
''See! the coin has oil on it and the boy is an oil seller, he must be having oil on his hands therefore there is oil on the coins too. This is little boy's coin.'' , said Lord Bao.
All the people gathered around the man..... he got scared and took out all the boy's money which he had stolen.
Retold by - Aunt Mary