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6 Rolling Stones
that Murray was to go to the chair at eight. There is also
in the many Limbo Lanes an aristocracy of crime. The
man who kills in the open, who beats his enemy or pursuer
down, flushed by the primitive emotions and the ardor of
combat, holds in contempt the human rat, the spider, and
So, of the seven condemned only three called their
farewells to Murray as he marched down the corridor be-
tween the two guards - Bonifacio, Marvin, who had
killed a guard while trying to escape from the prison, and
Bassett, the train-robber, who was driven to it because the
express-messenger wouldn't raise his hands when ordered
to do so. The remaining four smoldered, silent, in their
cells, no doubt feeling their social ostracism in Limbo Lane
society more keenly than they did the memory of their
less picturesque offences against the law.
Murray wondered at his own calmness and nearly indif-
ference. In the execution room were about twenty men,
a congregation made up of prison officers, newspaper re-
porters, and lookers-on who had succeeded
Here, in the very middle of a sentence, the hand of
Death interrupted the telling of O. Henry's last story. He
had planned to make this story different from his others,
the beginning of a new series in a style he had not pre-
viously attempted. "I want to show the public," he
said, "that I can write something new - new for me, I
mean - a story without slang, a straightforward dra-
matic plot treated in a way that will come nearer my idea
Here’s what’s next.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/32/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.