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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Three Tradesmen

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.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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