Honesty is the Best Policy- English Story for Matric and First Year Students

Saif Ullah Zahid

      Honesty is the Best Policy Story (The Woodcutter and His Axe)

Once there lived a wood-cutter in a village. He was very poor. He used to cut the trees in the nearby forest to sell the wood in the market to earn money for his family. One day, he was cutting a bough of a tree just on the bank of a river. By chance, his axe slipped and fell into the river. He was helpless. His axe was the only source of earning for him. He was too poor to buy a new axe. He started crying bitterly.
The angle of mercy appeared before him. He asked the woodcutter why he was crying. The woodcutter told him the whole matter. The angle took pity on him. He dived into the river and came up with a golden axe. He asked the woodcutter if that was his axe. The woodcutter told that that was not his axe.

The angle dived into the water again and appeared with a silver axe. The woodcutter again refused to take that axe as that was not his. The angle dived again and brought a bronze axe. The woodcutter did not accept this axe because that was not his.
The angle dived fourth time and brought the iron axe. That was the real axe of the woodcutter. The angle offered this axe to him. The woodcutter was overjoyed to see his own axe. He accepted that at once.
 The angle was greatly impressed by his honesty. He gave him other three axes as the reward of his honesty.

Moral Lesson: Honesty is the best policy

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