Rolling Stones Page: xiv
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o " technique" - no anything except what was native.
liut wait! As the months went by, Dixon worked hard,
but he began to have doubts. Perhaps the book was
no good. Perhaps John would only lose his money.
Ile was a miner, not a writer, and he ought not to let
John go to any expense. The end of this line of thought
was the Colorado River for the manuscript and the high
road for the author. The pictures, fortunately, were
saved. Most of them Porter gave later to Mrs. IHagel-
stein of San Angelo, Texas. Mr. Maddox, by the way,
finding a note from Joe that "explained all," hastened
to the river and recovered a few scraps of the great book
that had lodged against a sandbar. But there was no
putting them together again.
So much for the title. It is a real O. Henry title.
Contents of this last volume are drawn, not only from
letters, old newspaper files and The Rolling Stone but
from magazines and unpublished manuscripts. Of the
short stories, several were written at the very height of
his powers and popularity and were lost, inexplicably,
liut lost. Of the poems, there are a few whose author-
ship might have been in doubt if the compiler of this
collection had not secured external evidence that made
them certainly the work of O. Henry. Without this very
strong evidence, they might have been rejected because
they were not entirely the kind of poems the readers of
0. Henry would expect from him. Most of them, how-
ever, were found in his own indubitable manuscript or
over his own signature.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/22/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.