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A Ruler of Mien 13
$1,500 cash to work the scheme with. I've taken a liking
to you. Do you want it, or not?'
"'I'm not working,' I told him; 'but how is it to be?
Do I eat during the fomentation of the insurrection, or
am I only to be Secretary of War after the country is con-
quered? Is it to be a pay envelope or only a portfolio?'
"'I'll pay all expenses,' says O'Connor. 'I want a man
I can trust. If we succeed you may pick out any appoint-
ment you want in the gift of the government.'
"'All right, then,' says I. 'You can get me a bunch of
draying contracts and then a quick-action consignment to
a seat on the Supreme Court bench so I won't be in line
for the presidency. The kind of cannon they chasten
their presidents with in that country hurt too much.
You can consider me on the pay-roll.'
"Two weeks afterward O'Connor and me took a steamer
for the small, green, doomed country. We were three
weeks on the trip. O'Connor said he had his plans all
figured out in advance; but being the commanding general,
it consorted with his dignity to keep the details concealed
from his army and cabinet, commonly known as William
T. Bowers. Three dollars a day was the price for which
I joined the cause of liberating an undiscovered country
from the ills that threatened or sustained it. Every
Saturday night on the steamer I stood in line at parade
rest, and O'Connor handed over the twenty-one dollars.
"The town we landed at was named Guayaquerita, so
they told me. 'Not for me,' says I. 'It'll be little old
IIilldale or Tompkinsville or Cherry Tree Corners when
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/39/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.