The first to come down the road were the wealthy merchants and courtiers of the King's court who were going to work. When they saw the large rock blocking their path, they all stopped to complain loudly but did nothing to move the rock.
An hour passed and along came a peasant carrying a large basket of vegetables he was taking to the to market to sell. When he approached the boulder, he laid down his basket and tried desperately to move the large rock out of the way. Unable to move the stone, he walked into the woods and found a large piece of wood which he could use as a lever. After much straining, he and his lever succeeded in rolling the boulder out of the way and to the side of the road.
When he turned to pick up his basket of vegetables, he noticed a beautiful silk purse lying in the center of the road where the boulder had been. Upon opening the purse, he saw 50 gold coins and a handwritten note signed by the King. The King's note indicated the 50 gold coins were a reward for the person or persons who removed the boulder from the roadway.