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Helping the Other Fellow 61
tains and tortillas every day; and at last I got the curse of
drink lifted from Clifford Wainwright. He lost his taste
for it. And in the cool of the evening him and me would
sit on the roof of Timotea's mother's hut, eating harmless
truck like coffee and rice and stewed crabs, and playing
"About that time President Gomcz found out that the
advice of C. Wainwright was the stuff he had been looking
for. The country was pulling out of debt, and the treas-
ury had enough boodle in it for him to amuse himself
occasionally with the night-latch. The people were
beginning to take their two-hour siestas again every day
- which was the surest sign of prosperity.
"So down from the regular capital he sends for Clif-
ford Wainwright and makes him his private secretary at
twenty thousand Peru dollars a year. Yes, sir --so
much. Wainwright was on the water-wagon- thanks
to me and Timotea - and he was soon in clover with the
government gang. Don't forget what done it - calisaya
bark with them other herbs mixed - make a tea of it,
and give a cupful every two hours. Try it yourself. It
takes away the desire.
"As I said, a. man can do a lot more for another party
than he can for himself. Wainwright, with his brains,
got a whole country out of trouble and on its feet; but
what could he do for himself? And without any special
brains, but with some nerve and common sense, I put him
on his feet because I never had the weakness that he did
- nothing but a cigar for mine, thanks. And - "
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/93/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.