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Singular Verdict.

A SERVANT in the employ of a Mr. Sun was sleeping alone one night, when all on a sudden he was arrested and carried before the tribunal of the Ruler of Purgatory. “This is not the right man,” cried his Majesty, and immediately sent him back. However, after this the servant was afraid to sleep on that bed again, and took up his quarters elsewhere. But another servant, named Kuo Ngan, seeing the vacant place, went and occupied it. A third servant, named Li Lu, who had an old standing grudge against the first, stole up to the bed that same night with a knife in his hand, and killed Kuo Ngan in mistake for his enemy. Kuo’s father at once brought the case before the magistrate of the place, pleading that the murdered man was his only son on whom he depended for his living; and the magistrate decided that Kuo was to take Li Lu in the place of his dead son, much to the discomfiture of the old man. Truly the descent of the first servant into Purgatory was not so marvellous as the magistrate’s decision!

郭安

孫五粒,有僮僕獨宿一室,恍惚被人攝去。至一宮殿,見閻羅在上,視之曰:「悞矣,此非是。」因遣送還。既歸,大懼,移宿他所;遂有僚僕郭安者,見榻空閒,因就寢焉。又一僕李祿,與僮有夙怨,久將甘心,是夜操刀入,捫之,以為僮也,竟殺之。郭父鳴於官。時陳其善為邑宰,殊不苦之。郭哀號,言:「半生止此子,今將何以聊生!」陳即以李祿為之子。郭含冤而退。此不奇於僮之見鬼,而奇於陳之折獄也。
  濟之西邑有殺人者,其婦訟之。令怒,立拘凶犯至,拍案罵曰:「人家好好夫婦,直令寡耶!即以汝配之,亦令汝妻寡守。」遂判合之。此等明決,皆是甲榜所為,他途不能也。而陳亦爾爾,何途無才!

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