THE TRADESMAN AND THE HONEST SERVANT
A TRADESMAN in the East, who had not
many customers, had a servant who was
 remarkable for speaking the truth. One
day a gentleman came to the shop, and,
finding everything in excellent order, said,
"How well you arrange your things!"
"That is because we have not much
business, sir—seldom any customers," said
The gentleman, who was struck by this
remark, then asked for the quality of
each of the various articles in the shop,
and had a correct description from the
honest servant. He bought a few things
he wanted, and left the place.
The tradesman sent for the servant, and
said, "You don't know how to get on in
the world. You go and tell the gentleman we seldom have any customers. I
can't hope to prosper with you. Leave
me at once!"
The servant left the shop, and was
engaged that very day by the owner of
the opposite shop, who was in need of
a servant. The next day the gentleman
again called at the first shop, and said to
 the tradesman, "My friend, I have got
a very large order to give, and to-morrow
a great many of my friends intend buying
here. Where is your honest servant?
Unless he points out the articles I shan't
The tradesman was very sorry he had
sent away the servant; but the gentleman
soon found out he was in the opposite
shop, and went there to make his purchases.
"Alas!" said the disconsolate tradesman, "what a lesson! We ever profit by
truth; but if ever we seem to lose, it is but
the earnest of greater gain"