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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
by Mark Twain
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A superb short story set in the fictional town of Hadleyburg, famous for the honesty and sincerity of its citizens. Events take an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger, Robert Preston, arrives in town carrying a sack of gold. The story reveals how the apparently earnest people lie and deceive each other in order to claim the gold but end up revealing their true colours. A must-read!
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