"grocer and draper" had two rival assistants, who prided themselves on
their rapidity in serving customers.
The young man on the grocery side could weigh up two one-pound parcels
of sugar per minute, while the drapery assistant could cut three
one-yard lengths of cloth in the same time.
Their employer, one slack
day, set them a race, giving the
grocer a barrel of sugar and telling him to weigh up forty-eight
one-pound parcels of sugar.
While the draper divided a roll of
forty-eight yards of cloth into yard pieces.
The two men were
interrupted together by customers for nine minutes, but the draper was
disturbed seventeen times as long as the grocer.
What was the result of