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66 Rolling Stones
The policeman's downward glance at the article carried
in the doctor's hand - a handsome medicine case of black
leather, with small silver mountings - further endorsed
the guarantee of the card.
"All right, doctor," said the officer, stepping aside, with
an air of bulky affability. "Orders are to be extra care-
ful. Good many burglars and hold-ups lately. Bad
night to be out. Not so cold, but - clammy."
With a formal inclination of his head, and a word or two
corroborative of the officer's estimate of the weather, Doc-
tor James continued his somewhat rapid progress. Three
times that night had a patrolman accepted his profes-
sional card and the sight of his paragon of a medicine case
as vouchers for his honesty of person and purpose. Had
any one of those officers seen fit, on the morrow, to test
the evidence of that card he would have found it borne out
by the doctor's name on a handsome door-plate, his pres-
ence, calm and well dressed, in his well-equipped office -
)rovided it were not too early, Doctor James being a late
riser - and the testimony of the neighborhood to his good
citizenship, his devotion to his family, and his success as a
practitioner the two years he had lived among them.
Therefore, it would have much surprised any one of
those zealous guardians of the peace could they have
taken a peep into that immaculate medicine case. Upon
opening it, the first article to be seen would have been an
elegant set of the latest conceived tools used by the "box
man," as the ingenious safe burglar now denominates him-
self. Specially designed and constructed were the imple-
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/100/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.