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A RULER OF MEN
[Written at the prime of his popularity and power, this
characteristic and amusing story was published in Everybody's
Magazine in August, 1906.]
I WALKED the streets of the City of Insolence, thirsting
for the sight of a stranger face. For the City is a desert
of familiar types as thick and alike as the grains in a sand-
storm; and you grow to hate them as you do a friend who
is always by you, or one of your own kin.
And my desire was granted, for I saw, near a corner of
Broadway and Twenty-ninth Street, a little flaxen-haired
man with a face like a scaly-bark hickory-nut, selling to a
fast-gathering crowd a tool that omnigeneously pro-
claimed itself a can-opener, a screw-driver, a button-hook,
a nail-file, a shoe-horn, a watch-guard, a potato-peeler,
and an ornament to any gentleman's key-ring.
And then a stall-fed cop shoved himself through the
congregation of customers. The vender, plainly used
to having his seasons of trade thus abruptly curtailed,
closed his satchel and slipped like a weasel through the
opposite segment of the circle. The crowd scurried aim-
lessly away like ants from a disturbed crumb. The cop,
suddenly becoming oblivious of the earth and its inhabi-
tants, stood still, swelling his bulk and putting his club
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/34/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.