Two shop boys, Joe and Henry, one day passed by one of the village gardens.
“Look at that,” said Joe, “what a beautiful big cabbage.”
“That’s nothing,” said Henry, who was something of a boaster. “In my travels in foreign lands I once saw a cabbage bigger than this garden.”
Joe, who was a coppersmith, commented: “It must have been some cabbage. But once upon a time I remember I had to help build a copper that was even bigger than the church.”
“My goodness,” said Henry, “what on earth was it to be used for?”
Joe replied: “To boil your cabbage.”
Henry became very mortified and said: “Now I understand what you mean. Usually you always tell the truth and if you have spoken to me in this manner I realize that it is for my good and that you want me to overcome the habit of exaggerating and of telling lies.”
An honest man’s the noblest work of God.