Rolling Stones Page: 219
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who have left their trail in every department of this office,
in the shape of titles destroyed, patents cancelled, homes
demolished and torn away, forged transfers and lying
Before the modern tiles were laid upon the floors, there
were deep hollows in the limestone slabs, worn by the
countless feet that daily trod uneasily through its echoing
corridors, pressing from file room to business room, from
connissioner's sanctum to record books and back again.
The honest but ignorant settler, bent on saving the
little plot of land he called home, elbowed the wary land
shark who was searching the records for evidence to oust
him; the lordly cattle baron, relying on his influence and
money, stood at the Commissioner's desk side by side with
the preemptor, whose little potato patch lay like a minute
speck of island in the vast, billowy sea of his princely
pastures, and, played the old game of "freeze-out," which
is as old as Cain and Abel.
The trail of the serpent is through it all.
Honest, earnest men have wrought for generations
striving to disentangle the shameful coil that certain
years of fraud and infamy have wound. Look at the
files and see the countless endorsements of those in
"Transfer doubtful - locked up."
"Certificate a forgery - locked up."
"Signature a forgery."
"Patent refused - duplicate patented elsewhere."
"Field notes forged."
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/265/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.