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Helping the Other Fellow 55
was second cook on a tramp fruiter; and they marooned
me here early one morning, without benefit of clergy,
just because I poulticed the face of the first mate with
cheese omelette at dinner. The fellow had kicked be-
cause I'd put horseradish in it instead of cheese.
"When they threw me out of the yawl into three feet
of surf, I waded ashore and sat down under a palm-tree.
By and by a fine-looking white man with a red face and
white clothes, genteel as possible, but somewhat under the
influence, came and sat down beside me.
"I had noticed there was a kind of a village back of the
beach, and enough scenery to outfit a dozen moving-
picture shows. But I thought, of course, it was a cannibal
suburb, and I was wondering whether I was to be served
with carrots or mushrooms. And, as I say, this dressed-
up man sits beside me, and we become friends in the space
of a minute or two. For an hour we talked, and he told
me all about it.
"It seems that he was a man of parts, conscientious-
ness, and plausibility, besides being educated and a
wreck to his appetites. lHe told me all about it. Col-
leges had turned him out, and distilleries had taken him
in. Did I tell you his name? It was Clifford Wain-
wright. I didn't exactly catch the cause of his being cast
away on that particular stretch of South America; but I
reckon it was his own business. I asked him if he'd ever
been second cook on a tramp fruiter, and he said no; so
that concluded my line of surmises. But he talked like
the encyclopedia from 'A - Berlin' to 'Trilo - Zyria.'
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