THE BOY WHO CRIED "WOLF!"
There was once a shepherd-boy who
kept his flock at a little distance from the
village. Once he thought he would play a
trick on the villagers and have some fun
at their expense. So he ran toward the
village crying out, with all his might,--
"Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The
wolves are at my lambs!"
The kind villagers left their work and
ran to the field to help him. But when
they got there the boy laughed at them
for their pains; there was no wolf there.
Still another day the boy tried the same
trick, and the villagers came running to
help and got laughed at again.
Then one day a wolf did break into the
fold and began killing the lambs. In great
fright, the boy ran for help. "Wolf! Wolf!"
he screamed. "There is a wolf in the flock!
The villagers heard him, but they thought
it was another mean trick; no one paid the
least attention, or went near him. And the
shepherd-boy lost all his sheep.
That is the kind of thing that happens
to people who lie: even when they tell the
truth no one believes them.