Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
217. The Wolf, the Fox, and the Ape (Perry
A WOLF accused a Fox of theft, but the Fox entirely denied the charge.
An Ape undertook to adjudge the matter between them. When each had fully
stated his case the Ape announced this sentence: 'I do not think you,
Wolf, ever lost what you claim; and I do believe you, Fox, to have stolen
what you so stoutly deny.'
The dishonest, if they act honestly, get no credit.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google