The people from Tai-hu in Jiangsu were mostly fishermen and hunters. They all enjoyed killing fish and birds. Except for Shen Wen-bao and his family who always performed good deeds. Whenever they saw birds and fish being caught, they would buy them for liberation. They often advised people to perform good deeds. They said: "A man who kills lack the virtue of being kind and compassionate. His blessings and lifespan will gradually decrease. Therefore, retribution will befall on himself and his future generations."
At that time, there was an epidemic of plague in the area. One night, a villager saw two ghosts of plague, they were carrying a lot of flags. The villager heard them saying: "We will put the flags on the doors of all the houses except for Shen Wen-bao's family."
The next day, the whole village of about 300 families with the exception of Shen's family fell ill with the disease. Shen's family was completely unaffected. As Wen-bao had been performing good deeds throughout his life, he enjoyed good health until a ripe old age before passing away peacefully.