The Husbandman and his Sons

139. THE HUSBANDMAN AND HIS SONS. A certain husbandman lying at the point of death, and being desirous his sons should pursue that innocent entertaining course of agriculture in which himself had been engaged all his life, made use of this expedient to induce them to it. He called them to his bedside, and spoke to this effect: “All the patrimony I have to bequeath to you, sons, is my farm and vineyard, of which I make you joint heirs. But I charge you not to let it go out of your own occupation; for if I have any treasure besides, it lies buried somewhere in the ground, within a foot of the surface.”
This made the sons conclude that he talked of money which he had hid there. So, after their father's death, with unwearied diligence and application, they carefully dug up every inch, both of the farm and vineyard. From which it came to pass, that though they missed the treasure they expected, the ground, by being so well stirred and loosened, produced so plentiful a crop of all that was sowed in it, as proved a real, and that no inconsiderable treasure. [more info]

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