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A Ruler oj' Men 11
and we became like a dog and a cat that had been raised
together. There he sat, a tall, fine, handsome man, with
his feet against one wall and his back against the other,
looking over a map. On the bed and sticking three
feet out of it was a beautiful gold sword with tassels on it
and rhinestones in the handle.
"'What's this?' says I (for by that time we were well
acquainted). 'The annual parade in vilification of the
ex-snakes of Ireland? And what's the line of march?
Up Broadway to Forty-second; thence east to McCarty 's
cafe; thence -
"'Sit down on the wash-stand,' says O'Connor, 'and
listen. And cast no perversions on the sword. 'Twas mnc
father's in old Munster. And this map, Bowers, is no
diagram of a holiday procession. If ye look again ye'll
see that it's the continent known as South America, com-
prising fourteen green, blue, red, and yellow countries,
all crying out from time to time to be liberated from the
yoke of the oppressor.'
"'I know,' says I to O'Connor. 'The idea is a literary
one. The ten-cent magazine stole it from "Ridpath's
History of the World from the Sand-stone Period to the
Equator." You'll find it in every one of 'em. It's a
continued story of a soldier of fortune, generally named
O'Keefe, who gets to be dictator while the Spanish-
American populace cries "Cospetto!" and other Italian
maledictions. I misdoubt if it's ever been done.
You're not thinking of trying that, are you, Barney?'
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/m1/37/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.