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 Despite the late administrative construction of Xianning (prefecture-level city), the counties and urban districts under its administration all have a long history. The territory of today’s Xianning belonged to Jing Chu in the Xia and Shang Dynasties ( about 2200-1100 BC), Nan County in the Qin Dynasty(221-206 BC ), [more]
Two Families Vying for a Pond
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-01-06
 

  Near the Bay of Huang, there was a large pond, in the lower range of which stood tens of acres of rice paddies. These, except the pond, were bought by the port officials. In one year, the Huang family had an issue with the Chen family, which made the latter to seek revenge by threatening to damage the pond. At a loss, the members of the Huang family got together for discussion, still without a solution to come. Huang Tingyu, a boy less than 8 years old, was determined to keep the pond as he heard the crowd talking of its importance to their family. That night, several people, according to Tingjian’s plan, fanned out for their tasks. On day two, the Huang family made the case to the county magistrate’s court. The magistrate asked, “Have you any evidence to prove your ownership?” Having knelt down, Tingjian plead, “The proof is at my house. We can fetch it for your honor. ” Then there came the evidence, a coil of smoked rope which seemed to date back to ages ago.

  The magistrate remarked, “How can such a coil serve as the evidence?”

  Someone from the Huangs replied, “Every section of the rope is marked and coincides with the brink of the pond. Please have a try, your honor.”

  The magistrate demanded a runner to perform the test, with the result showing the rope matched the pond’s brink.

  On the next day, many people from the Chens came with shovels on their shoulders, about to fill the pond. Just as the two families’ emotions running high, the magistrate arrived and pointed to the Chens, asking, “What proof do you have for your ownership?”

  With no experience of such an attitude from the official, the Chens were too scared to utter a word. By then, an old man came forward, “Your honor, our ancestors told us so. Though without proof, we are sure the pond is ours.”

  Then the magistrate pointed to the Huangs, “Show your evidence if the pond is yours.” At that moment, Tingjian knelt again, “Your honor, the paddies and the pond give us food. If your honor won’t give us the pond, then please exempt us of the rice due to be submitted.”

  These words so amazed the magistrate that he thought it unworthy to make the talented boy suffer, let alone his family. Thus on the spot he announced that the pond belonged to the Huangs.


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