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16 Rolling Stones
groaning under burdens of taxes and levies. Who will be
their natural leader when they rise? Could it be any one
but meself? 'Twas only yesterday that Zaldas, our rep-
resentative in the province of Durasnas, tells me that the
people, in secret, already call me "El Library Door,"
which is the Spanish manner of saying "The Liberator.'''
"'Was Zaldas that maroon-colored old Aztec with a
paper collar on and unbleached domestic shoes?' I asked.
"'Hie was,' says O'Connor.
"'I saw him tucking a yellow-back into his vest pocket
as he came out,' says I. 'It may be,' says I, 'that they
call you a library door, but they treat you more like the
side door of a bank. But let us hope for the worst.'
"'It has cost money, of course,' says O'Connor; 'but
we'll have the country in our hands inside of a month.'
"In the evenings we walked about in the plaza and
listened to the band playing and mingled with the popu-
lace at its distressing and obnoxious pleasures. There
were thirteen vehicles belonging to the upper classes,
mostly rockaways and old-style barouches, such as the
mayor rides in at the unveiling of the new poorhouse at
Milledgeville, Alabama. Round and round the desic-
cated fountain in the middle of the plaza they drove, and
lifted their high silk hats to their friends. The common
people walked around in barefooted bunches, puffing sto-
gies that a Pittsburg millionaire wouldn't have chewed for
a dry smoke on Ladies' Day at his club. And the grandest
figure in the whole turnout was Barney O'Connor. Six
foot two he stood in his Fifth Avenue clothes, with his
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/42/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.