The Shepherds Boy And The Wolf
A Shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought
out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!"
and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their
pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy,
now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: "Pray, do come
and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep"; but no one paid any heed
to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause
of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.