An engineer, who was engaged on railroad construction in Central America, explained to one of the natives living alongside the right of way the advantages that would come from realization of the projected line. To illustrate his point, he put the question: “How long does it take you to carry your produce to market by mule-back?”
“Three days, sir,” was the answer.
“Then,” said the engineer, “you can understand the benefit the road will be to you. You will be able to take your produce to market, and to return home on the same day.”
“Very good, sir,” the native agreed courteously.
“But, sir, what shall we do with the other two days?”