The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 157
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0. Henry in Austin 157
the final judgment on Will Porter of Austin was written by 0.
Henry in his story, "The Roads We Take," published in the
New York World of August 7, 1904. In this O. Henry said:
It was an accident my comin' West. I was walkin
along the road with my clothes in a bundle. . . . I came
to a place one evenin' where the road forked and I didn't
know which fork to take. I studied about it for half an hour
and then took the left-hand. . . . I've often wondered if
I wouldn't have turned out different if I'd took the other
road. . . .
Oh, I reckon you'd have ended up about the same. It
ain't the roads we take; it's what's inside of us that makes
us turn out the way we do.
And there are many of us in Austin who think "ole" Will
Porter turned out "right good."
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