The Penitent Thief A BOY who had been taught by his Mother to steal grew to be a man and was a professional public official. One day he was taken in the act and condemned to die. While going to the place of execution he passed his Mother and said to her: "Behold your work! If you had not taught me to steal, I should not have come to this." "Indeed!" said the Mother. "And who, pray, taught you to be detected?"
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