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Helping the Other Fellow 63
The gig from the Andador was coming ashore to take
out the captain, purser, and myself, the lone passenger.
"I'll guarantee," said I confidently, "that my brother
will pay you seventy-five dollars a month."
"All right, then," said William Trotter. "I'll
But a soft voice called across the blazing sands. A
girl, faintly lemon-tinted, stood in the Calle Real and
called. She was bare-armed - but what of that?
"It's her!" said William Trotter, looking. "She's
come back! I'm obliged; but I can't take the job.
Thanks, just the same. Ain't it funny how we can't do
nothing for ourselves, but we can do wonders for the other
fellow? You was about to get me with your financial
proposition; but we've all got our weak points. Timo-
tea's mine. And, say!" Trotter had turned to leave, but
he retraced the step or two that he had taken. "I like
to have left you without saying good-bye," said he. "It
kind of rattles you when they go away unexpected for a
month and come back the same way. Shake hands. So
long! Say, do you remember them gunshots we heard a
while ago up at the cuartel? Well, I knew what they was,
but I didn't mention it. It was Clifford Wainwright
being shot by a squad of soldiers against a stone wall for
giving away secrets of state to that Nicamala republic.
Oh, yes, it was rum that did it. Hie backslided and got
his. I guess we all have our weak points, and can't do
much toward helping ourselves. Mine's waiting for me.
I'd have liked to have that job with your brother, but -
we've all got our weak points. So long!"
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/95/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.