‘BY YOUR HAND’
At Agra is a baksheesh-wise guide who makes a habit of stopping the G.I. visitors to the Taj Mahal
and offering his blessing before the tomb of the old king and his favorite wife.
The guide tried his favorite invocation this week on two Delhi Commando suckers. He started his familiar
chant, "Something by your hand, sahibs. Something by your hand."
T/5 Juan Elosua painfully dragged out his last rupee, laid it on the hand of the guide and received the
blessing. T/5 Charles P. Cicio, who didn't possess a rupee or anything near one, thoughtfully plucked the Elosua
contribution back and laid it again on the hand of the astonished guide, with the remark, "Something by the hand."
He got the blessing.