On a backwater colony, far in outer space, the first communication in 200 years comes in from Earth. The mayor wants the little community to be impressive to the inspector who is due to visit. Schoolhouses, churches, and all the civic features are built. All the town needs now is a criminal for the sheriff to catch. Tom has been issued a skulking permmit, and encouraged by the mayor to rob, kill, and generally hang out in places of ill repute.
Tom is reluctant to be a criminal, but somebody has to do it. It takes effort, but Tom gradually gets the hang of the theiving part, but if you want your property, feel free to ask, and Tom will let you borrow it back. will the inspector be impressed? Tom hasn’t even killed anyone yet, aw, come on Tom. Can’t you please kill somebody?
The inspector isn’t impressed with the low offerings of the little community, and is actually looking to fill the ranks of the army back on Earth. As he appeals to the patriotic sense of duty and pride of the folks, Tom saves the day, but in an unexpected way, and in a non-violent, non-murderous way.
A cute story, and a tongue in cheek outlook on political corruptness. The homespun criminal has more ethics than the official governmental representative.