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The Wise Investor

valley had also been decreasing. The people had been
hunting them at a faster rate than they reproduced. The
people had been in the valley so long, however, that the
animals had become quite tame.
In order that they would have meat, with the salt and
protein their families needed, the people began to collect the
animals into groups, and fence them into small gullies. No
longer would the infant animals wander into another family's
area, or into dense forest where they could not be captured.
As time passed, the animals feed on the grass, bred, and
grew into large herds.
It was at this time that the next major change took place.
The lean times had passed, and each family had developed
crops, herds of animals and strong shelters.
The desperation of the past faded, and the people began
to mix once again. On each farm, the families developed
simple tools to help them in their work. Primitive ploughs and
sickles were used to sow and harvest the crops. At one
farm lived a particular young man. He was interested, as
many of the young men were, in making things with his
hands. He had no interest in working in the field, and
although he had to help support the family's crops, he was
always glad to have a break and work on one of his devices.
The young man's ploughs, in particular, were looked on
with admiration by the other families. They were strong and
they moved through the soil with ease. One day, one of the
people from a neighbouring family was talking to the man.
He suggested, that if the man was willing to exchange
one of his ploughs for some sacks of grain, the man would
not have to work in the fields, as his contribution to the
family's food stores would already be made.
In return, the other farmer would have the use of a good
plough, which would make his daily work easier.
The plough-maker readily agreed. Everything went as
expected, and both men were happy with the trade.
Other farmers soon made the same offer, and before
long the man was spending all his time making ploughs,