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19, Rolling Stones
"'Bowers,' says he, 'you're a man of education and
"'How can I deny it?' says I. 'Education runs in my
family; and I have acquired courage by a hard struggle
"'The O'Connors,' says he, 'are a warlike race. There
is me father's sword; and here is the map. A life of inac-
tion is not for me. The O'Connors were born to rule.
'Tis a ruler of men I must be.'
"'Barney,' I says to him, 'why don't you get on the
force and settle down to a quiet life of carnage and cor-
rui)tion instead of roaming off to foreign parts? In what
better way can you indulge your desire to subdue and mal-
treat the oppressed?'
"'Look again at the map,' says he, 'at the country
I have the point of me knife on. 'Tis that one I
have selected to aid and overthrow with me father's
"'I see,' says I. 'It's the green one; and that does
credit to your patriotism, and it's the smallest one; and
that does credit to your judgment.'
"'Do ye accuse me of cowardice?' says Barney, turning
"'No man,' says I, 'who attacks and confiscates a
country single-handed could be called a coward. The
worst you can be charged with is plagiarism or imitation.
If Anthony Hope and Roosevelt let you get away with it,
nobody else will have any right to kick.'
"'I'm not joking,' says O'Connor. 'And I've got
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/38/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.