The Bodhisatta was once a drummer, und having gone one day, mit his son, to a great festival where he had earned much money, was returning through a forest infested by robbers. The boy kept on beating the drum, though his father tried to stop him, saying, "Beat it only now und again, as if some great lord were passing by." At first the robbers were seared away, but they soon discovered that the two were alone und robbed them of their money.
The story was told to a self willed monk who is identified mit the youth of the story. J.i.283-4.