XII

 

 

  1. And we sit here

  2.                           under the wall,

  3. Arena romana, Diocletian's, les gradins

  4. Baldy Bacon

  5.                 bought all the little copper pennies in Cuba:

  6. Un centavo, dos centavos,

  7.                told his peons to "bring 'em in."

  8. "Bring 'em to the main shack," said Baldy,

  9. And the peons brought 'em;

  10. "to the main shack brought 'em,"

  11. As Henry would have said.

  12.                 Nicholas Castaño in Habana,

  13. He also had a few centavos, but the others

  14. Had to pay a percentage.

  15.                 Percentage when they wanted centavos,

  16. Public centavos.

  17.                Baldy's interest

  18. Was in money business.

  19.                 "No interest in any other kind uv bisnis,"

  20. Said Baldy.

  21.                   Sleeping with two buck niggers chained to him,

  22. Guardia regia, chained to his waist

  23. To keep 'em from slipping off in the night;

  24. Being by now unpopular with the Cubans;

  25.                  By fever reduced to lbs. 108.

  26. Returned to Manhattan, ultimately to Manhattan.

  27. 24 E. 47th, when I met him,

  28. Doing job printing, i.e., agent,

  29.                  going to his old acquaintances,

  30. His office in Nassau St., distributing jobs to the printers,

  31. Commercial stationery,

  32.                  and later, insurance,

  33. Employers' liability,

  34.                 odd sorts of insurance,

  35. Fire on brothels, etc., commission,

  36. Rising from 15 dollars a week,

  37.                 Pollon d'anthropon iden,

  38. Knew which shipping companies were most careless;

  39.                 where a man was most likely

  40. To lose a leg in bad hoisting machinery;

  41. Also fire, as when passing a whore-house,

  42. Arrived, miraculous Hermes, by accident,

  43. Two minutes after the proprietor's angelos

  44. Had been sent for him.

  45. Saved his people 11,000 in four months

  46.                   on that Cuba job,

  47. But they busted,

  48. Also ran up to 40,000 bones on his own,

  49.         Once, but wanted to "eat up the whole'r Wall St."

  50. And dropped it all three weeks later.

  51. Habitat cum Quade, damn good fellow,

  52. Mons Quade who wore a monocle on a wide sable ribbon.

  53.                 (Elsewhere recorded).

  54. Dos Santos, José María dos Santos,

  55. Hearing that a grain ship

  56. Was wrecked in the estuary of the Tagus,

  57. Bought it at auction, nemo obstabat,

  58. No one else bidding.   "Damn fool!"    "Maize

  59. Spoiled with salt water,

  60. No use, can't do anything with it."     Dos Santos.

  61. All the stuff rotted with sea water.

  62. Dos Santos Portuguese lunatic bought it,

  63. Mortgaged then all his patrimony,

  64.               e tot lo sieu aver,

  65. And bought sucking pigs, pigs, small pigs,

  66. Porkers, throughout all Portugal,

  67.                fed on the cargo,

  68. First lot mortgaged to buy the second lot, undsoweiter,

  69. Porkers of Portugal,

  70.                fattening with the fulness of time,

  71. And Dos Santos fattened, a great landlord of Portugal

  72. Now gathered to his fathers.

  73.                 Did it on water-soaked corn.

  74. (Water probably fresh in that estuary)

  75. Go to hell Apovitch, Chicago aint the whole punkin.

  76.           Jim X ...

  77.                  in a bankers' meeting,

  78.                  bored with their hard luck stories,

  79. Bored with their bloomin' primness

  80.                   and the little white rims

  81. They wore around inside the edge of their vests

  82. To make 'em look as if they had on two waistcoats,

  83. Told 'em the Tale of the Honest Sailor.

  84. Bored with their proprieties,

  85.                  as they sat, the ranked presbyterians,

  86. Directors, dealers through holding companies,

  87. Deacons in churches, owning slum properties,

  88. Alias usurers in excelsis,

  89.                  the quintessential essence of usurers,

  90. The purveyors of employment, whining over their 20 p. c.

  91.                  and the hard times,

  92. And the bust-up of Brazilian securities

  93.                  (S. A. securities),

  94. And the general uncertainty of all investment

  95. Save investment in new bank buildings,

  96.                  productive of bank buildings,

  97. And not likely to ease distribution,

  98. Bored with the way their mouths twitched

  99.                   over their cigar-ends,

  100.               Said Jim X ...:

  101. There once was a pore honest sailor, a heavy drinker,

  102. A hell of a cuss, a rowster, a boozer, and

  103. The drink finally sent him to hospital,

  104. And they operated, and there was a poor whore in

  105. The woman's ward had a kid, while

  106. They were fixing the sailor, and they brought him the kid

  107. When he came to, and said:

  108.                   "Here! this is what we took out of you."

  109. An' he looked at it, an' he got better,

  110. And when he left the hospital, quit the drink,

  111. And when he was well enough

  112.               signed on with another ship

  113. And saved up his pay money,

  114.               and kept on savin' his pay money,

  115. And bought a share in the ship,

  116.               and finally had half shares,

  117. Then a ship

  118.               and in time a whole line of steamers;

  119. And educated the kid,

  120.              and when the kid was in college,

  121. The ole sailor was again taken bad

  122.              and the doctors said he was dying,

  123. And the boy came to the bedside,

  124.              and the old sailor said:

  125. "Boy, I'm sorry I can't hang on a bit longer,

  126. "You're young yet.

  127.               I leave you re-sponsa-bilities.

  128. "Wish I could ha' waited till you were older,

  129. "More fit to take over the bisness ..."

  130.                  "But, father,

  131. "Don't, don't talk about me, I'm all right,

  132. "It's you, father."

  133.                  "That's it, boy, you said it.  

  134. "You called me your father, and I ain't.

  135. "I ain't your dad, no,

  136. "I am not your fader but your moder," quod he,

  137. "Your fader was a rich merchant in Stambouli."