THE MUTE WITNESS
One day a poor man tied his horse at noon hour to a tree and he sat down to eat his meal.
A rich man came along and started to tie his horse to the same tree.
“Do not fasten your horse to that tree!” Cried the poor man. “My horse is very savage. He will kill yours. Fasten your host to another tree.”
The rich man answered proudly. “I shall tie my horse where I wish.”
So he fastened his host to the same tree, to which the poor man’s horse was tied and sat down to eat his dinner. Suddenly the men heard a great noise and looked up. The horses were fighting.
The two men rushed up to stop them, but it was too late. The Rich man’s horse was dead.
“See what your horse has done.”Cried the rich man in anger, “but you shall pay for it. You shall pay for it.”
So saying he dragged the poor man before the Judge. Oh, wise judge, he cried.
“This man’s savage horse has killed my horse, my beautiful kind gentle horse. Make him pay for it or send him to jail. I beg of you.”
The judge turned to the tall man. “Did your horse kill this man’s horse?”
He asked, but the poor man said, not a word. “Can’t you talk?” asked the Judge.
The poor man answered never a word. The Judge asked the poor man many questions, but he still kept his lips closed and answered nothing.
At last, the judge said to the rich man, “what can I do?” This man is dumb. He cannot speak a word.
Oh, Sir. Said the rich man. He can talk as well as you and I. He spoke to me on the road.
“Are you sure? “Ask the judge. “Well, what did he say?
Indeed, I am sure, he said quite plainly, “do not fasten your horse to that tree. My horse is very savage and he will kill your horse. Fasten him to another tree.”
Ah, said the judge. “Now I see if he warned you, then he need not pay for your horse. You are only ought to blame! You should have heeded his warning.”
Then the judge turned to the poor man. “Why did you not add to my questions?” He asked.
“Can you not see?” Oh, wise judge answered the poor man.
“If I had told you that I warned him not to tie his horse near mine, he would have denied it. Then you would not know which one of us was telling the truth.
I knew my wise one that if I let him tell the story alone, you would soon learn the truth.”
The poor man’s words pleased the judge, and he sent the rich man away without a penny, but he praised the poor man for his wisdom.
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