A COBBLER unable to make a living by his trade and made desperate


by poverty, began to practice medicine in a town in which he was


not known.


He sold a drug, pretending that it was an antidote to


all poisons, and obtained a great name for himself by long-winded


puffs and advertisements.


When the Cobbler happened to fall sick


himself of a serious illness, the Governor of the town determined


to test his skill.


For this purpose he called for a cup, and


while filling it with water, pretended to mix poison with the


Cobbler's antidote, commanding him to drink it on the promise of


a reward.


The Cobbler, under the fear of death, confessed that


he had no knowledge of medicine, and was only made famous by the


stupid clamors of the crowd.


The Governor then called a public


assembly and addressed the citizens:


"Of what folly have you been


guilty? You have not hesitated to entrust your heads to a man,


whom no one could employ to make even the shoes for their feet."