Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: October 6

I thought you’d never ask.

Fact: for a thousand years the people of the Andes knew how to irrigate the desert; they made lovely tapestries and ceramics; they built fortresses, cities, and roads.

Keep your eyes peeled for the first signs of any such activity.

In a later stage, the Inca built public hospitals and plazas. There was much singing and dancing.

From this time on, pilgrims, orphans, the sick, and those who had nothing to eat could use the public plazas.

The corresponding page, I notice, is missing from the Yankee version of the Master Plan. I am most intrigued. Until now, I was convinced those Yankees merely built the hospitals, and did so without any singing and dancing. Who knows where the pilgrims and orphans went? Make a note – maybe we can learn something from the Inca.

After that came: WARS! The Inca took others’ women and lands. Their great leaders could change themselves into lions and falcons, as needed.

Unfortunately for the Yankee town builders, their Republican leaders in this period grew too fat to change into lions and falcons. Only elephants drew their admiration. That was a shame. Even so, elephants would have been impressive in this landscape.

Don’t brood about any of this. You have more pressing business demanding your attention.


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