(Minghui.org) In the early years of Jiajing, the 11th emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD – 1644 AD), a gentleman with the surname of Jin operated a pawnshop in downtown Yizhen County, which is today's Jiangsu Province.

It was a time when bandits were running rampant. Almost all of the rich families had been robbed, but Jin's pawnshop was the only exception.

The authorities suspected that Jin had some kind of connection with the bandits. The officials questioned gangsters, who were caught, why they did not rob Jin's pawnshop.

“We went there several times.” said the gangsters. “But we saw many heavenly soldiers in shining armor on top of the roof, so we were scared and did not rob his shop.”

The officials were still not convinced. They asked for information from Jin's neighbors.

“Jin is indeed a person of great merit and virtue,” said they. “Other pawnbrokers often take advantage when people are desperate, which often amounts to extortion. They price items exceptionally low during appraisal and then ask exorbitant prices when customers wants to redeem them.”

They added, “Jin is the only shop that treats customers fairly. He is generous in valuing the merchandise and sets due dates far into the future. When handing out loans to elderly and destitute neighbors, his shop even waives interests on the loan.”

Others said, “In winter, when someone needs a loan for warm clothes, Jin knows that they are in terrible need of cash and always waives the interest. In summer, he waives interest on summer clothes as well.”

“That is why he is looked after by heavenly soldiers!”

The county magistrate praised Jin upon learning about his practice.

Source: Notes and Research on Telepathy