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HELPING THE OTHER FELLOW
[Originally published in Munsey's Magazinae, December, 1908.]
"But can thim that helps others help thimselves!"
THIS is the story that William Trotter told me on the
beach at Aguas Frescas while I waited for the gig of the
captain of the fruit steamer Andador, which was to take
me aboard. Reluctantly I was leaving the Land of Al-
ways Afternoon. William was remaining, and he favored
me with a condensed oral autobiography as we sat on the
sands in the shade cast by the Bodega Naecional.
As usual, I became aware that the Mian from Bombay
had already written the story; but as he had compressed
it to an eight-word sentence, I have become an expansion-
ist, and have quoted his phrase above, with apologies to
him and best regards to Terence.
"Don't you ever have a desire to go back to the land
of derby hats and starched collars?" I asked him. "You
seem to be a handy man and a man of action," I con-
tinued, "and I am sure I could find you a comfortable job
somewhere in the States."
Ragged, shiftless, barefooted, a confirmed eater of the
Here’s what’s next.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/85/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.