Coming across a pagan golden idol, he gave it a good Christian whack with his crook. A large piece broke off and he examined it. Yes — it was real gold — just the thing to give to the poor.
This valuable item would probably have saved many people from subsistence begging. But the poor didn’t think to melt it down and just kept it around the place to stare at.
With this blatant evidence of idol destruction hanging around for all to see, arrests were soon made. St SOLON went to the Governor to confess.
"It was me that done it Guv," he said. As punishment, he was sentenced to worship the God he had defaced.
"No way! Pray to an idol that can’t even protect itself from a shepherd’s crook? You’re joking!"
Sadly they weren’t. The idol had the last laugh and our Saint was given a good pagan whack into martyrdom.