An inter-faith students conference was about to be held in the summer holidays. On the train to the conference, there were parties of both Quakers and Baptists.

Each of the Quakers had his or her own train ticket. But the Baptists boasted that they needed only one ticket for all of them. The Quakers felt this was very dishonest and murmured their disapproval. The Baptists ignored their mutterings.

Then, one of the Baptists said, “Here comes the conductor.” All of the Baptist students piled into an adjacent bathroom. The Quakers were puzzled.

The conductor came aboard and collected tickets from all the Quakers. He then went to the bathroom, knocked on the door, and said, “Ticket please”. One of the Baptists inside stuck their only ticket under the door. The conductor took the ticket and left. A

few minutes later, the Baptist students emerged from the bathroom. The Quaker students felt really stupid.

On the way back from the conference, the group of Quakers decided to buy only one ticket for the journey home. They sat quietly and smiled knowingly at the Baptists, who seemed unconcerned that they had no ticket at all!

When the Baptist lookout shouted, “Conductor coming!”, all the Baptist students again piled into a bathroom. All of the Quakers crammed into another bathroom.

Then, before the conductor came along, one of the Baptists left the bathroom, knocked on the other bathroom, and said, “Ticket please.”

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