There was a wealthy business owner who used to walk to his company every morning. As was his custom he would proceed through the town and stop at the window of the jeweler’s shop. He would wind his watch fully and reset it to the exact time on the big clock in the jeweler’s window. He was very particular about having the right time, as he was the one to blow the steam whistle at his factory, at 5 o’clock, to signal the end of the day.
Inside the shop the jeweler recognized his frequent visitor and, although they had never spoken, was curious about this gentleman. One day the jeweler decided to step out and greet the man.
“I notice every morning that you stop by and look in my window, but you have never come into the shop. Is there something I can help you with?”
“No, thank you,” replied the gentleman, “I just stop by to set my watch, I know I can trust your big clock for the right time.”
“You certainly can,” said the jeweler with some pride, “That is a fine clock.”
“And tell me how do you set its time?” the gentleman inquired.
“I listen every evening, at precisely 5 o’clock, for the steam whistle at the local factory.”