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28 Rolling Stones
but I feel like I have known you for a month. Whose
Izzy is oo?'
"The lady ducked her head under her mantilla, and
drew in a long breath. I thought she was going to scream,
but with all that intake of air she only came out with:
'Me like Americanos.'
"As soon as she said that, I knew that O'Connor and
me would be doing things with a knife and fork before the
day was over. I drew a chair beside her, and inside of
half an hour we were engaged. Then I took my hat and
said I must go out for a while.
"'You come back?' says Izzy, in alarm.
"'Me go bring preacher,' says I. 'Come back twenty
minutes. We marry now. How you likee?'
"'Marry to-day?' says Izzy. 'Good!'
"I went down on the beach to the United States con-
sul's shack. lie was a grizzly man, eighty-two pounds,
smoked glasses, five foot eleven, pickled. IIe was playing
chess with an india-rubber man in white clothes.
"'Excuse me for interrupting,' says I, 'but can you tell
me how a man could get married quick?'
"The consul gets up and fingers in a pigeonhole.
"'I believe I had a license to perform the ceremony
myself, a year or two ago,' he said. 'I'll look, and --
"I caught hold of his arm.
"'Don't look it up,' says I. 'Marriage is a lottery any-
way. I'm willing to take the risk about the license if you
"The consul went back to Hooligan Alley with me.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/56/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.