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A Ruler of Men 27
of it and you can throw this vile government stuff out the
window. I'll do anything I can for a friend.'
"'Has it come to this?' says O'Connor, raging up and
down his cell. 'Am I to be starved to death and then
shot? I'll make those traitors feel the weight of an
O'Connor's hand when I get out of this.' And then he
comes to the bars and speaks softer. 'Has nothing been
heard from Dona Isabel?' he asks. 'Though every one
else in the world fail,' says he, 'I trust those eyes of hers.
She will find a way to effect my release. Do ye think ye
could communicate with her? One word from her -
even a rose would make me sorrow light. But don't let
her know except with the utmost delicacy, Bowers.
These high-bred Castilians are sensitive and proud.'
"'Well said, Barney,' says I. 'You've given me an
idea. I'll report later. Something's got to be pulled off
quick, or we'll both starve.'
"I walked out and down to Hooligan Alley, and then
on the other side of the street. As I went past the window
of Dona Isabel Antonia Concha Regalia, out flies the rose
as usual and hits me on the ear.
"The door was open, and I took off my hat and walked
in. It wasn't very light inside, but there she sat in a
rocking-chair by the window smoking a black cheroot.
And when I got closer I saw that she was about thirty-
nine, and had never seen a straight front in her life. I sat
down on the arm of her chair, and took the cheroot out
of her mouth and stole a kiss.
"'HIullo, Izzy,' I says. 'Excuse my unconventionality,
Here’s what’s next.
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