Following the Equator: A Journey around the World - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXVIII

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.

T HE aphorism does really seem true: "Given the Circumstances, the Man will appear." But the man mustn't appear ahead of time, or it will spoil everything. In Robinson's case the Moment had been approaching for a quarter of a century--and meantime the future Conciliator was tranquilly laying bricks in Hobart. When all other means had failed, the Moment had arrived, and the Bricklayer put down his trowel and came forward. Earlier he would have been jeered back to his trowel again. It reminds me of a tale that was told me by a Kentuckian on the train when we were crossing Montana. He said the tale was current in Louisville years ago. He thought it had been in print, but could not remember. At any rate, in substance it was this, as nearly as I can call it back to mind.

A few years before the outbreak of the Civil War it began to appear that Memphis, Tennessee, was going to be a great tobacco entrepôt--the wise could see the signs of it. At that time Memphis had a wharfboat, of course. There was a paved sloping wharf, for the accommodation of freight, but the steamers landed on the outside of the wharfboat, and

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  • Chapter II 12
  • Chapter III 27
  • Chapter IV 44
  • Chapter V 56
  • Chapter VI 63
  • Chapter VII 72
  • Chapter VIII 80
  • Chapter IX 89
  • Chapter X 101
  • Chapter XI 107
  • Chapter XII 114
  • Chapter XIII 118
  • Chapter XIV 131
  • Chapter XV 137
  • Chapter XVI 143
  • Chapter XIX 167
  • Chapter XX 175
  • Chapter XXI 183
  • Chapter XXII 193
  • Chapter XXIII 203
  • Chapter XXIV 211
  • Chapter XXV 220
  • Chapter XXVI 232
  • Chapter XXVII 238
  • Chapter XXVIII 250
  • Chapter XXX 268
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