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4 Rolling Stones
in a trap; one, no less mad, offering up a sanctimonious
lip-service to Heaven; the third, a weakling, collapsed
and strapped to a board. He wondered with what credit
to himself his own heart, foot, and face would meet his
punishment; for this was his evening. Hie thought it must
be nearly eight o'clock.
Opposite his own in the two rows of cells was the cage
of Bonifacio, the Sicilian slayer of his betrothed and of two
officers who came to arrest him. With him Murray had
played checkers many a long hour, each calling his move
to his unseen opponent across the corridor.
Bonifacio's great booming voice with its indestructible
singing quality called out:
"Eh, Meestro Murray; how you feel - all-a right -
"All right, Bonifacio," said Murray steadily, as he
allowed the ant to crawl upon the envelope and then
dumped it gently on the stone floor.
"Dat's good-a, Mleestro Murray. Men like us, we
must-a die like-a men. iMy time come nex'-a week. All-a
right. Remember, Mleestro Murray, I beat-a you dat
las' game of de check. Maybe we play again some-a
time. I don'-a know. Maybe we have to call-a de move
damn-a loud to play de check where dey goin' send us."
Bonifacio's hardened philosophy, followed closely by his
deafening, musical peal of laughter, warmed rather than
chilled Murray's numbed heart. Yet, Bonifacio had
until next week to live.
The cell-dwellers heard the familiar, loud click of the
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/30/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.