Leary was a boy who wanted to be rich. He went out to the forest every day and searched among the trees for a leprechaun so he could get the leprechaun's gold.
One day he heard a "tap, tap, tap." He looked behind a tree, and found a leprechaun making shoes.
Leary grabbed the leprechaun and said, "I've got you! Everyone knows that when a leprechaun is caught, he has to show where his pot of gold is buried."
"Very well," said the leprechaun. "Follow me."
The leprechaun led Leary into the forest, pointed to a tree, and said, "My gold is buried right under this tree."
Since leprechauns always tell the truth, Leary believed him.
"I will go and get a shovel," said Leary. "I'll tie my red scarf around the tree so I will know exactly where the gold is."
Leary ran back to the woods with a shovel thinking, "I'm going to be so rich!"
But when he arrived there, he was in for a surprise. Every tree had a red scarf around it! And there were hundreds of trees.
"Oh, no!" cried Leary. "I can't possibly dig under all these trees! I'll have to go home without my pot of gold."
And so he did. He was one more person tricked by a leprechaun.