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Helping the Other Fellow 57
the president's summer palace, which is four miles from
Aguas Frescas, to instruct him in the art of running steam-
"'Come along with me, Trotter,' says lie, 'and I'll show
you what brains can do.'
"'Anything in it?' I asks.
"'The satisfaction,' says he, 'of redeeming a country
of two hundred thousand population from ruin back to
prosperity and peace.'
"'Great,' says I. 'I'll go with you. I'd prefer to eat
a live broiled lobster just now; but give me liberty as
second choice if I can't be in at the death.'
"Wainwright and me permeates through the town, and
he halts at a rum-dispensary.
"'Have you any money?' he asks.
"'I have,' says I, fishing out my silver dollar. 'I
always go about with adequate sums of money.'
"'Then we'll drink,' says Wainwright.
"'Not me,' says I. 'Not any demon rum or any of its
ramifications for mine. It's one of my non-weaknesses.'
"'It's my failing,' says he. 'What's your particular
"'Industry,' says I, promptly. 'I'm hard-working,
diligent, industrious, and energetic.'
"'My dear Mr. Trotter,' says he, 'surely I've known
you long enough to tell you you are a liar. Every man
must have his own particular weakness, and his own par-
ticular strength in other things. Now, you will buy me a
drink of rum, and we will call on President Gomez.'
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