The Three Tradesmen

: Aesop's Fables

A GREAT CITY was besieged, and its inhabitants were called

together to consider the best means of protecting it from the

enemy. A Bricklayer earnestly recommended bricks as affording

the best material for an effective resistance. A Carpenter, with

equal enthusiasm, proposed timber as a preferable method of

defense. Upon which a Currier stood up and said, "Sirs, I differ

from you altogether: there is no material for resistance equal to

a covering of hides; and nothing so good as leather."

Every man for himself.