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of real story-writing." Before starting to write the present
story, he outlined briefly how he intended to develop it:
Murray, the criminal accused and convicted of the brutal
murder of his sweetheart - a murder prompted by jealous
rage - at first faces the death penalty, calm, and, to all
outward appearances, indifferent to his fate. As lie nears
the electric chair he is overcome by a revulsion of feeling.
He is left dazed, stupefied, stunned. The entire scene in
the death-chamber - the witnesses, the spectators, the
preparations for execution - become unreal to him.
The thought flashes through his brain that a terrible mis-
take is being made. Why is he being strapped to the chair?
What has he done? What crime has he committed? Ill
the few moments while the straps are being adjusted a
vision comes to him. He dreams a dream. lie sees a
little country cottage, bright, sun-lit, nestling in a bower
of flowers. A woman is there, and a little child. lie speaks
with them and finds that they are his wife, his child -
and the cottage their home. So, after all, it is a mistake.
Some one has frightfully, irretrievably blundered. The
accusation, the trial, the conviction, the sentence to death
in the electric chair - all a dream. He takes his wife in
his arms and kisses the child. Yes, here is happiness. It
was a dream. Then - at a sign from the prison warden
the fatal current is turned on.
Murray had dreamed the wrong dream.
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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/m1/33/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.