Oh no! my axe dropped in the river! It was my only one!
I can help!
Honesty is the best policy.
Are either of these yours?
No. But the one on the ground is mine.
For your honesty, you get all three!
I can use that trick!
Wow! Thank you so much!
Honesty is the best policy, from "Mercury and The Woodsman". One day, a woodsman lost his axe in a river and couldn't find it. Mercury came to help the woodsman.
Are any of these yours?
Oh NO! I "dropped" my axe in the river! Whatever shall I do?
Later that day..
Mercury tests the woodsman's honesty and shows him a silver and gold axe. The woodsman says neither is his while another woodsman appears to overhear their conversation. The woodsman does tell Mercury which axe is his though.
That gold one is mine!
Since the woodsman was honest, he was allowed to keep all three axes and the other woodsman saw and wanted to copy.
For that lie, you get NO axe! *throws all three axes in river
Later, the other woodsman dropped his axe purposely in the river and Mercury came to help. And like before, Mercury showed the woodsman all three axes.
When it comes time for the woodsman to answer, he replies that the gold axe is his. This surprises Mercury who is unhappy.
Lastly, Mercury tells the man that he cannot have any axes with his lying personality and throws all three in the river, leaving the woodsman without any tools, crying. The moral of this story is honesty is the best policy, so don't lie and get all of your axes taken away like the woodsman.