The Three Tradesmen

A city was under siege; three Tradesmen gave opinions about how to protect it. Each called from his own trade but none could agree.

Every man for himself.

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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.