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was to be fired off. Immediately the revolutionists would
seize their concealed arms, attack the comandante's troops
in the cuartcl, and capture the custom-house and all
government property and supplies.
"I was nervous all the morning. And about eleven
o'clock O'Connor became infused with the excitement and
martial spirit of murder. He geared his father's sword
around him, and walked up and down in the back room
like a lion in the Zoo suffering from corns. I smoked a
couple of dozen cigars, and decided on yellow stripes down
the trouser legs of my uniform.
"At half-past eleven O'Connor asks me to take a short
stroll through the streets to see if I could notice any signs
of the uprising. I was back in fifteen minutes.
"'Did you hear anything?' he asks.
"'I did,' says I. 'At first I thought it was drums. But
it wasn't; it was snoring. Everybody in town's asleep.'
"O'Connor tears out his watch.
"'Fools!' says he. 'They've set the time right at the
siesta hour when everybody takes a nap. But the cannon
will wake 'em up. Everything will be all right, depend
" Just at twelve o'clock we heard the sound of a cannon
- BOOM! - shaking the whole town.
"O'Connor loosens his sword in its scabbard and jumps
for the door. I went as far as the door and stood in it.
"People were sticking their heads out of doors and
windows. But there was one grand sight that made the
landscape look tame.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/51/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.