There was a boy, studying in Std.VI stole a
lesson-book from one of his school friends and
took it home to his Mother.
She not only avoid from beating him, but
He next time stole a cloak and brought it to
her, and she again criticize him.
The Youth, advanced to adulthood, proceeded to
steal things of still greater value.
At last he was caught in the very act, and
having his hands bound behind him, was led away
to the place of public execution.
His Mother followed in the crowd and violently
bate her chest in sorrow, whereupon the young
man said, "I wish to say something to my Mother
in her ear."
She came close to him, and he quickly caught
her ear with his teeth and bit it off.
The Mother upbraided him as an unnatural
child, whereon he replied, "Ah! if you had
beaten me when I first stole and brought to you
that lesson-book, I should not have come to
this, nor have been thus led to a disgraceful