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eagle eye and his black moustache that tickled his ears.
He was a born dictator and czar and hero and harrier of
the human race. It looked to me that all eyes were turned
upon O'Connor, and that every woman there loved him.
and every man feared him. Once or twice I looked at
him and thought of funnier things that had happened
than his winning out in his game; and I began to feel lilk,
a IIidalgo de Officio de Grafto de South America myself.
And then I would come down again to solid bottom and
let my imagination gloat, as usual, upon the twenty- ni
American dollars due me on Saturday night.
"'Take note,' says O'Connor to me as thus we wal'e!,!,
'of the mass of the people. Observe their oppressed and
melancholy air. Can ye not see that they are ripe fo',
revolt? Do ye not perceive that they are disaffected?'
"'I do not,' says I. 'Nor disinfected either. I'm
beginning to understand these people. When they look
unhappy they're enjoying themselves. When they fcei
unhappy they go to sleep. They're not the kind of people
to take an interest in revolutions.'
"'They'll flock to our standard,' says O'Connor.
'Three thousand men in this town alone will spring to
arms when the signal is given. I am assured of that.
But everything is in secret. ii: U:
"On Hooligan Alley, as I ;o : : i i
headquarters was on, there was a row of flat 'dobe house:-
with red tile roofs, some straw shacks full of Indians and
dogs, and one two-story wooden house with balconies a
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/43/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.