From The Wit and Humor of America, edited by Marshall P. Wilder, Volume IV, New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls and Company, 1911; p. 641.
THE TWO PRISONERS
BY CAROLYN WELLS
Once upon a time there were two Prisoners at the bar, who endeavored to plead for themselves with Tact and Wisdom.
One concealed certain Facts prejudicial to his Cause; upon which the Judge said: “If you had Confessed the Truth it would have Biased me in your Favor; as it is, I Condemn you to Punishment.”
The other stated his Case with absolute Truth and Sincerity, concealing Nothing; and the result was that he was Condemned for his Misdemeanors.
This Fable teaches that Honesty is the Best Policy, and that the Truth should not Be spoken at All Times.