The story is told of a man in Massachusetts many years ago who found his neighbor's horse in the middle of his
field. He was so angry about it that he took the horse to the public pound.
Meeting the owner soon after this, he told
him what he had done and added, "If I catch him there again, I will do
the same thing."
The neighbor replied, "Well, the other night
I looked out of my window and saw your cattle in my field. I took your
cattle and drove them over to your house, and put them in the barn, and fixed the gate. If I catch them there again,
I will do the same thing."
The man was reportedly so struck with his
neighbor's soft reply that he at once took the horse out of the pound and
paid the charges himself.