Pacific Monthly Volume 16

Pacific Monthly Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... the bricks of a baker's oven. But if they simmered like eels in a stew, consolation stood between them in the form of a tray of Toluca beer. As he reached his hand a second time to the damsel, he of the clerical appearance, turned inquisitive spectacles upon his companion. "What, Jake, do you think of this J efe person?" "Hospitable old cuss!" the small man gurgled between two swallows of beer. "Yes, but from a business view point?" "A sheep! Mutton! If his friend is equally brilliant it will be a cinch." "Exactly my own opinion. So dead easy that it looks like stealing." Here Hiram shook his head in the manner of one who feels that Providence has stacked up something unworthy of his abilities. "I shall have to drown my sorrow in drink. We stand to beat your mining proposition." "Oh, I don't know," Jake mused. "That was a pretty lay out. If it hadn't been for that spottcr--" His thoughtful pause and the fact that Carmelita is yet combing the skirts of the town, affords time for historical explanations. Six months back, the two had started out to clean up the grafters on certain Mexican railroads. Clad in the lovely checks and monocle of a British tourist, Jake had pressed short fares on willing conductors while Hiram, the longest, mournfulest colporteur that ever escaped from a Boston publishing house, did "excess baggage" with five cases of Bibles. Breaking in on the good old times when a man was considered fairly honest if he did not try to steal the roadbed, the two gathered in the grafters from El Paso to Rio Balsas, and cross country from Guadalajara to Vera Cruz. They did so well that Jake felt justified in...show more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 726g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847385
  • 9781236847386