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on the Houston Post. There he "conducted" a co iim
which he called "Pcstscripts." Some of the contei i-
of the pages that follow have been taken from these old
files in the fair hope that admirers of the matured O. Henry
will find in them pleasurable traces of the later genius.
Before the days of The Rolling Stone, there arm
eleven years in Texas over which, with the exception of
the letters mentioned, there are few "traces" of literary
performance; but there are some very interesting draw-
ings, some of which are reproduced in this volume.
A story is back of them. They were the illustratio>ns
to a book. "Joe" Dixon, prospector and inveterate,
fortune-seeker, came to Austin from the Rockies in 188:;,
at the constant urging of his old pal, MIr. John Maddox.
"Joe," kept writing MIr. Maddox, "your fortune's in
your pen, not your pick. Come to Austin and write an
account of your adventures." It was hard to w-
Dixon from the gold that wasn't there, but finally Madd .
wrote him lie must come and try the scheme. "There'
a boy here from North Carolina," wrote Maddox. "Hii-
name is Will Porter and he can make the pictures. Hc"
all right." Dixon came. The plan was that, after
Author and Artist had done their work, Patron would
step in, carry the manuscript to New York, bestow it o
a deserving publisher and then return to await, with t11
other two, the avalanche of royalties. This version (,i
the story comes from \Ir. Maddox. There were forb
pictures in all and they were very true to the life of tlh,
Rockies in the seventies. Of course, the young artist hIi;i
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/21/: accessed February 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.