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ontl)reak a body of our troops will begin a march to the
capital from every town as soon as the local victory has
been won. The thing is so well planned that it is an imn-
possibility for us to fail. I meself will lead the troops
fromt here. The new president wiI! be Se or Espadas, now
Minister of Finance in the present cabinet.'
" ' hat do you get?' I asked.
"l'wvill be strange,' said O'Connor smiling, 'if I don't
have all the jobs handed to me on a silver salier to pick
what I choose. I've been the brains of the scheme, and
\when the fighting opens I gues. I won't be in the rear rank.
Vho managed it so our troops could get arms smuggled
into this country? Didn't I arrange it with a New York
firm before I left there? Our financial agents inform me
that 20,000 stands of VWinchester rifles have been delivered
a month ago at a secret place up coast and distributed
among the towns. I tell you, Bowers, the game is already
"Well, that kind of talk kind of shook my disbelief in
the infallibility of the serious Irish gentleman soldier of
fortune. It certainly seemed that the patriotic rafters
had gone about the thing in a business way. I looked upon
O'Connor with more respect, and began to figure on what
kind of uniform I might wear as Secretary of War.
"Tuesday, the day set for the revolution, came around
according to schedule. O'Connor said that a signal had
been agreed upon for the uprising. There was an old
cannon on the beach near the national warehouse. That
had been secretly loaded and promptly at twelve o'clock
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/50/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.