Honesty is the best policy
Once there lived a poor woodcutter . He used to cut trees in the woods . One day he was cutting wood on the bank of a river . His axe fell down into the river . The river was deep . He could not take his axe out . He sat on the bank and began to weep .
Mercury, the god of water appeared . He asked the reason of his weeping . The woodcutter told the whole story . Mercury dived into the water and brought a golden axe . The woodcutter refused to take it . Mercury again dived and brought a silver axe . The woodcutter did not take it either . Then he brought an iron axe . The woodcutter took it gladly .
Mercury was much pleased . He rewarded the woodcutter with the other two axes .
Honesty is the best policy .