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62 Rolling Stonesc
Trotter paused. I looked at his tattered clothes and
at his deeply sunburnt, hard, thoughtful face.
"Didn't Cartright ever offer to do anything for you?"
" Wainwright," corrected Trotter. "Yes, he offered
me some pretty good jobs. But I'd have had to leave
Aguas Frescas; so I didn't take any of 'em up. Say, I
didn't tell you much about that girl - Timotea. We
rather hit it off together. She was as good as you find
'em anywhere - Spanish, mostly, with just a twist of
lemon-peel on top. What if they did live in a grass hut
and went bare-armed?
"A month ago," went on Trotter, "she went away. I
don't know where to. But-- "
"You'd better come back to the States," I insisted. "I
can promise you positively that my brother will give you
a position in cotton, sugar, or shecetings - I am not cer-
"I think she went back with her mother," said Trotter,
"to the village in the mountains that they come from.
Tell me, what would this job you speak of pay?"
"Why," said I, hesitating over commerce, "I should say
fifty or a hundred dollars a month-maybe two hundred."
"Ain't it funny," said Trotter, digging his toes in the
sand, "what a chump a man is when it comes to paddling
his own canoe? I don't know. Of course, I'm not mak-
ing a living here. I'm on the bum. But - well, I wish
you could have seen that Timotea. Every man has his
own weak spot."
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/94/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.