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The Dead Tree
by Sanjana Ramachandran

Once upon a time lived a woodcutter named Martin. He was a very poor man. He lived alone in a small house. He loved cutting trees and making furniture out of the trees’ branches.
 
One day Martin ate his lunch and went to a priest’s backyard and cut the most beautiful and lovely plum tree which the priest loved very much. He cut it down and ate the plums and took the branches and made the priest a rocking chair and gave it to him.

When the priest saw that his lovely plum tree was cut down he thought, “The person who cut down my lovely tree shall pay me hundred dollars as fine”.

So he put a poster saying:

My tree has been cut down!
The person who cut it shall pay me $400 as fine. - Priest Paul

When Martin heard about this. He thought to himself very sadly, “I don’t have any money with me. I am a very poor man. How will I pay the priest.”

Then he got an idea, “I’ll tell him that I was the one to cut down his tree but I don’t have any money to pay him”.

So the next morning he got up and went to the priest to tell him that he cut down the tree and he wants to pay him 400 dollars but he doesn’t have any money so he can’t pay him. So the priest took Martin to his church to give him some money. The priest handed Martin some coins and told him, “Now give me some money. That way you will be paying the fine and keeping your word. But remember never cut down trees in my backyard”.

From that day the woodcutter cut trees only from the forests.

4-Dec-2010
 
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