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On his thirtieth birthday, Lieutenant Charles Longworthy of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, also known as Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Roughriders’ hid his army-issue, single-action, Colt 45 ‘Peacemaker’ behind a Havana prostitute’s water closet. The war was over bar the shouting. He had become outrageously drunk celebrating with some of his fellow officers and there had been a gunfight in the seedy taberna downstairs. Nothing fatal, but some lowlife had been wounded and was screaming like a stuck pig, emitting a stream of loud, high-pitched Spanish invective. The local policía were called and the situation was becoming more embarrassing by the moment.
Havana Harlot, Pierre Motteux