The Three Tradesmen

There was a city in expectation of being besieged and a council was called accordingly to discuss the best means of fortifying it. A bricklayer gave his opinion that no material was so good as brick for the purpose. A carpenter begged leave to suggest that timber would be far preferable. Upon which a currier started up and said, "Sirs, when you have said all that can be said, there is nothing in the world like leather."