The Judgment of a Wise Judge

Once a golden necklace was lost from a rich man’s house. A few servants worked in that house. Naturally, it was suspected that any one of the servants had stolen the necklace. The rich man asked all of them but they did not confess their guilt. So the master complained to a judge. The judge was very wise. He called all the servants but they denied the charge. Then the judge hit upon a plan to detect the real thief. He gave each of them a stick of the same length and told them to submit the sticks the following day. He told them that the stick of the real thief would increase by an inch.

Returning home, all the servants kept their sticks as they were except the servant who stole the necklace. He shortened his stick by an inch. The next day when all submitted their sticks before the judge the real thief was easily detected. Then the thief was given his due punishment.