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I Rolling Stones
little farther down. That was where General Tumbalo,
the comandante and commander of the military forces,
lived. Right across the street was a private residence
built like a combination bake-oven and folding-bed. One
day, O'Connor and me were passing it, single file, on tie
flange they called a sidewalk, when out of the window flies
a big red rose. O'Connor, who is ahead, picks it up,
presses it to his fifth rib, and bows to the ground. By
Carrambos! that man certainly had the Irish drama chaun-
ceyized. I looked around expecting to see the little boy
and girl in white sateen ready to jump on his shoulder
while he jolted their spinal columns and ribs together
through a breakdown, and sang: 'Sleep, Little One,
"As I passed the window I glanced inside and caught
a glimpse of a white dress and a pair of big, flashing black
eyes and gleaming teeth under a dark lace mantilla.
"When we got back to our house O'Connor began to
walk up and down the floor and twist his moustaches.
"'Did ye see her eyes, Bowers?' he askes me.
"'I did,' says I, 'and I can see more than that. It's
all coming out according to the story-books. I knew
there was something missing. 'Twas the love interet.
What is it that comes in Chapter VII to cheer the gallant
Irish adventurer? Why, Love, of course - Love that
makes the hat go around. At last we have the eyes of
midnight hue and the rose flung from the barred window.
Now, what comes next? The underground passage -
the intercepted letter - the traitor in camp - the hero
Here’s what’s next.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/44/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.