What's This You Are Carrying?
By John Cumming
a lonely stretch of the Oregon coast one evening during World War II, we stopped
at an isolated Coast Guard station just as one of the men was going off duty.
We saw him reach inside his pea jacket and carefully withdraw a small object,
which he handed to the other guard. The latter cupped it in his hands for
a moment, then unbuttoned his jacket, deposited the object inside and strode off
into the fog.
We asked what they had traded. A bit sheepishly, the guard answered, "It's a kitten. Sort of keeps a guy company."
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