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10 Rolling Stones
part of Cancer of Capricorn have you been honoring with
"Down along China or Peru - or maybe the Argentine
Confederacy," said IKansas Bill. "Anyway 'twas among
a great race of people, off-colored but progressive. I was
there three months."
"No doubt you are glad to be back among the truly
great race," I surmised. "Especially among New Yorkers,
the most progressive and independent citizens of any
country in the world," I continued, with the fatuity of the
provincial who has eaten the Broadway lotus.
"Do you want to start an argument?" asked Bill.
"Can there be one?" I answered.
"IIas an Irishman humor, do you think?" asked he.
"I have an hour or two to spare," said I, looking at the
"Not that the Americans aren't a great commercial
nation," conceded Bill. "But the fault laid with the
people who wrote lies for fiction."
"What was this Irishman's name?" I asked.
"Was that last beer cold enough?" said he.
"I see there is talk of further outbreaks among the
Russian peasants, " I remarked.
"His name was Barney O'Connor," said Bill.
Thus, because of our ancient prescience of each other's
trail of thought, we travelled ambiguously to the point
where Kansas Bill's story began:
"I met O'Connor in a boarding-house on the West
Side. Ie invited me to his hall-room to have a drink,
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/m1/36/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.