The Man and the Vault
in the East had continued reverses
in trade, and owed a great many people
large sums of money. So they took away
all his property, leaving him in a very
poor and miserable condition.
As he was hard pressed by hunger, he
borrowed a spade of a neighbour, and dug
up the stones in the pavement of his
house that he might sell them and buy
some food with the money. While turning up the stones in a room adjoining the
garden, he found a vault underground,
with a great chest in it.
He opened the chest, and found a vast
amount of treasure, with a scroll. He
poured forth his thanks to Heaven for the
boon, and, opening the scroll, found these
three sentences inscribed in letters of
gold: (1) "Poverty leads to wealth."
(2) "Misery leads to happiness." (3) "To
them that trust in Heaven's power relief
may come at the very last hour."