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A Ruler of Men 25
place while he rolled a cigarette. The great soldier of
fortune turned his head and looked at me as they passed.
I blushed, and lit another cigar. The procession passed
on, and at ten minutes past twelve everybody had gone
back to sleep again.
"In the afternoon the interpreter came around and
smiled as he laid his hand on the big red jar we usually kept
"'The ice-man didn't call to-day,' says I. 'What's
the matter with everything, Sancho?'
"'Ah, yes,' says the liver-colored linguist. 'They just
tell me in the town. Verree bad act that Senor O'Connor
make fight with General Tumbalo. Yes. General
Tumbalo great soldier and big mans.'
"'What 'll they do to Mr. O'Connor?' I asks.
"'I talk little while presently with the Juez de la Paz
--what you call Justice-with-the-peace,' says Sancho.
'He tell me it verree bad crime that one Senfor Americano
try kill General Tumbalo. lie say they keep Sefior
O'Connor in jail six months; then have trial and shoot him
with guns. Verree sorree.'
"'How about this revolution that was to be pulled off?'
"'Oh,' says this Sancho, 'I think too hot weather for
revolution. Revolution better in winter-time. Maybe
so next winter. Quien sabe?'
"'But the cannon went off,' says I. 'The signal was
"'That big sound?' says Sancho, grinning. 'The boiler
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/53/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.