"Chi-Li was known as the most elusive and
clever burglar in the Shantung area."
50 years later - Tales of Wang
"After him! After him!" The
town sheriff shouted commands to his group of nine deputized pursuers.
"Don't let him get away! Chi-Li was known as the most elusive
and clever burglar in the Shantung area. He possessed great talent
and was trained in a very high skill of Chinese Martial Arts. He could
easily leap across a canal over twenty feet wide or just as easily
jump up eight feet to roof tops to escape capture. On many moonlit
nights, villagers would watch in awe this agile, nimble, dark silhouette
accentuated by the giant moon shining high above in the sky as he
skipped from roof top to roof top with a bag of loot tied around his
On this night, the sheriff and
his deputies chased Chi-Li into a dead-end alley, which lead to an ancient
temple. When the pursuers rounded the corner into the alley leading
to the temple, they saw Chi-Li's figure lying on the ground, knocked
out cold with no sign of movement. The sheriff and his men were amazed
and puzzled as to what had happened to this lifeless figure lying on
the ground before them. As they looked about the ground for some explanation
to this puzzlement, they saw an old man sitting on the granite steps
leading to the main entrance of the old temple.