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A Ruler of Men 1
through an intricate drill of twirls. I hurried after Kan-
sas Bill Bowers, and caught him by an arm.
Without his looking at me or slowing his pace, I found
a five-dollar bill crumpled neatly into my hand.
"I wouldn't have thought, Kansas Bill," I said, "'that
you'd hold an old friend that cheap."
Then he turned his head, and the hickory-nut cracked
into a wide smile.
"Give back the money," said he, "or I'll have the cop
after you for false pretenses. I thought you was Ihi,
"I want to talk to you, Bill," I said. "When did you
leave Oklahoma? Where is Reddy McGill now? Why
are you selling those impossible contraptions on the
street? How did your Big Horn gold-mine pan out?
How did you get so badly sunburned? What will you
"A year ago," answered Kansas Bill systematically.
"Putting up windmills in Arizona. For pin money to
buy etceteras with. Salted. Been down in the tropics.
We foregathered in a propitious place and became Eli-
jahs, while a waiter of dark plumage played the raven to
perfection. Reminiscence needs must be had before I
could steer Bill into his epic mood.
"Yes," said he, "I mind the time Timoteo's rope broke
on that cow's horns while the calf was chasing you. You
and that cow! I'd never forget it."
"The tropics," said I, "are a broad territory. What
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/35/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.