Jackal and Hyena were friends.
Hyena said, "Spears give more pain than lies."
"No," said Jackal, "lies can give more pain than spears."
Then Jackal bought honey-cakes and went to Lion.
"O King," he said, "I offer you this treat."
Lion devoured the honey-cakes. "Delicious!" he roared. "What was that?"
"Hyena-Tears," said Jackal.
Then Lion visited Hyena. "Cry me some tears!" he said.
"These are salty!" growled Lion. "I want the sweet ones."
When Hyena couldn't produce honey-tears, Lion beat her until she was nearly dead.
Hyena realized Jackal was right: Lies can give more pain than spears.
Inspired by: "A Lie can give more pain than a Spear" in Hausa Superstitions and Customs by A. J. N. Tremearne, 1913.
Notes: You can read the original story online.