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Helping the Other Fellow 59
the table, with coffee and rolls and iguana cutlets coming
as fast as about ninety peons could rustle 'em.
"And then Wainwright begins to talk; but the president
"'You Yankees,' says he, polite, 'assuredly take the
cake for assurance, I assure you' - or words to that effect.
He spoke English better than you or me. 'You've had
a long walk,' says he, 'but it's nicer in the cool morning to
walk than to ride. May I suggest some refreshments?'
"'Rum,' says Wainwriglit.
"'Gimme a cigar,' says I.
"Well, sir, the two talked an hour, keeping the generals
and equities all in their good uniforms waiting outside the
fence. And while I smoked, silent, I listened to Clifford
Wainwright making a solid republic out of the wreck of
one. I didn't follow his arguments with any special col-
location of international intelligibility-; but he had Mr.
Gomez's attention glued and riveted. He takes out a
pencil and marks the white linen tablecloth all over with
figures and estimates and deductions. He speaks more or
less disrespectfully of import and export duties and cus-
tom-house receipts and taxes and treaties and budgets and
concessions and such truck that politics and government
require; and when he gets through the Gomez man hops
up and shakes his hand and says he's saved the country
and the people.
"'You shall be rewarded,' says the president.
"'Mlight I suggest another - rui?' says Wainwrighit.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/91/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.