Four friends were drinking in a village pub. Their jackets were hanging on the backs of their chairs. Suddenly one of them, Jack, shou ted that he hadlost five pounds. Fred said he was sure nobody there had stolen the money. Tom-suggested they should all empty their pockets on them but it is useless to so that because money all looks the same. Nobody knew what to do. Just then, Jim, a traveller, stood up. He said he could help them find the money.
You know how clever some animals are. he said. "Ive found out that cocks are good at catching thieves. Let's borrow the pub owner's coCK.
Jim took a big black pot and put it upside down （mi ed）on the ta ble. Then he put the cock under it. After I turn off the lights, "he said, you must come up one by one arid touch the bottom of the pot with your right hand. When the thief does so, the cock will crow.
The others did not know whether they should believe him. One by one they went past the table in the dark, but the cock never made a noise.
I'm afraid it was a waste of time, Fred said when the light went on
"I' m not sure it was, Jim said. Then he asked every body to show his right hand. He looked at each hand in turn, then took Fred's hand.
"Fred, give the five pounds back to Jack.“
But the cock never crowed said fred Jim told Fred to look at all the hands. They're all black with soot except yours. Can you explain why you didnt dare touch the pot, Fred？”
Fred's face went white. He hung his head.