The king was writing a letter and told his brother, Paul: “I am writing a letter to the king of France. No one should know about this letter, or it will be the cause of war.
Paul: “Some people are here to talk to you about the new road, will you see them?”
King: “I will see them in the meeting room.” Then he covered the letter under the reading lamp and walked out.
The king’s servant, John, walked in and started to clean up the king’s desk when he saw the letter. He immediately put a cloth on the letter and tried to get out of the room.
Paul said: “John, could you prepare my horse and come with me for a ride in the jungle?”
John said, “Yes sir.” And walked out.
The king came back and went to his desk but couldn’t find the letter. He got frightened and asked Paul: “Did you take the letter?”
Paul: “Absolutely not.”
King: “Who else came to the room?”
Paul: “John, your servant.”
King: “Oh dear. There will be a war. Call John.”
Paul called for John and asked him: “Did you see a letter on the king’s desk?”
John: “No sir, I didn’t.”
Paul and the king called for the king’s adviser and told him everything. The adviser suggested searching John’s room secretly. They searched John’s room but couldn’t find the letter.
The adviser said: “So the servant has the letter with him. I have a plan. Go to the Jungle with him. We will set up a robbery, and this way we can search his clothes as well.”
Paul and John went into the middle of the jungle, unbeknownst to John that, that spot was where the robbery was going to occur.
Paul said: “This is a beautiful spot. Are you familiar with this area? let us get off the horses and walk a little.”
John said: “Yes sir. My mother lives not far from here.”
Three men with covered faces and guns shouted: “Give us all your jewelry and money.”
John: “I am a servant; I don’t have any jewelry.”
The robbers took everything from Paul and John and ran away.
John said: “I had 10 gold coins!” and cried.
Paul said: “Don’t worry I will give you 10 gold coins.”
When Paul went to see his brother and the adviser, he asked: “Did you find the letter? And 10 gold coins?”
Adviser: “10 gold coins? He didn’t have any money nor the letter.”
Paul: “So he is a liar. I promised to give him his 10 stolen gold coins!”
Adviser: “I have a plan. We should go to his mother’s house.”
The adviser walked to John’s motherhouse and knocked on the door: “Sorry, I am a little lost and need water to continue to walk back to my way.”
The old lady: “Oh please come in, have a sit and I will bring you water.”
The adviser saw the letter between a book. He opened the book fast and confirmed that it was the king’s letter.”
They arrested John and his mother as they were spies and stopped a possible war.
“If we dig deep into history, we often find that most wars started out of stupidity.”
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