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24 Rolling Stones
"General Tumbalo, the comandante, was rolling down
the steps of his residential dugout, waving a five-foot
sabre in his hand. ie wore his cocked and plumed hat
and his dress-parade coat covered with gold braid and
buttons. Sky-blue pajamas, one rubber boot, and one
red-p)lush slipper completed his make-up.
"The general had heard the cannon, and he puffed down
the sidewalk toward the soldiers' barracks as fast as his
rudely awakened two hundred pounds could travel.
"O'Connor sees him and lets out a battle-cry and draws
his father's sword and rushes across the street and tackles
"Right there in the street he and the general gave an
exhibition of blacksmithliing and butchery. Sparks flew
from their blades, the general roared, and O'Connor gave
the slogan of his race and proclivities.
"Then the general's sabre broke in two; and he took to
his ginger-colored heels crying out, 'Policios,' at every
jump. O'Connor chased him a block, imbued with the
sentiment of manslaughter, and slicing buttons off the
general's coat tails with the paternal weapon. At the
corner five barefooted policemen in cotton undershirts
and straw hats climbed over O'Connor and subjugated
him according to the municipal statutes.
"They brought him past the late revolutionary head-
quarters on the way to jail. I stood in the door. A police-
man had him by each hand and foot, and they dragged
h]im on his back through the grass like a turtle. Twice
they stopped, and the odd policeman took another's
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/52/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.