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round to headquarters and be shut up in the back room
for half an hour with O'Connor and the interpreter. I
noticed that when they went in they were always smoking
eight-inch cigars and at peace with the world; but when
they came out they would be folding up a ten- or twenty-
dollar bill and cursing the government horribly.
"One evening after we had been in Guaya - in this
town of Smellville-by-the-Sea - about a month, and nme
and O'Connor were sitting outside the door helping along
old tempus fugit with rum and ice and limes, I says to him:
"' If you'll excuse a patriot that don't exactly know
what he's patronizing, for the question - what is your
scheme for subjugating this country? Do you intend to
plunge it into bloodshed, or do you mean to buy its votes
peacefully and honorably at the polls?'
"'Bowers,' says he, 'ye're a fine little man and I intend
to make great use of ye after the conflict. But ye do not.
understand statecraft. Already by now we have a net-
work of strategy clutching with invisible fingers at the
throat of the tyrant Calderas. We have agents at work
in every town in the republic. The Liberal party is
bound to win. On our secret lists we have the names of
enough sympatliiers to crush the administrations fore()
at a single blow.'
"'A straw vote,' says I, 'only shows wlihich w iy t( liho
"'Who has accomplished this?' goes on O'Connor. 'I
have. I have directed everything. The time was rip-
when we came, so my agents inform me. The peoplhI are':
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/41/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.