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A Ruler of Men 29
Izzy called her ma to come in, but the old lady was picking
a chicken in the patio and begged to be excused. So we
stood up and the consul performed the ceremony.
"That evening Mrs. Bowers cooked a great supper of
stewed goat, tamales, baked bananas, fricasseed red pep-
pers and coffee. Afterward I sat in the rocking-chair by
the front window, and she sat on the floor plunking at a
guitar and happy, as she should be, as Mrs. William T. B.
"All at once I sprang up in a hurry. I'd forgotten all
about O'Connor. I asked Izzy to fix up a lot of truck for
him to eat.
"'That big, oogly man,' said Izzy. 'But all right -
he your friend.'
"I pulled a rose out of a bunch in a jar, and took the
grub-basket around to the jail. O'Connor ate like a wolf.
Then he wiped his face with a banana peel and said:
'Iave you heard nothing from Dona Isabel yet?'
"'Hist!' says I, slipping the rose between the bars.
'She sends you this. She bids you take courage. At
nightfall two masked men brought it to the ruined chateau
in the orange grove. How did you like that goat hash,
"O'Connor pressed the rose to his lips.
"'This is more to me than all the food in the world,'
says he. 'But the supper was fine. Where did you raise
"'I've negotiated a stand-off at a delicatessen hut
downtown,' I tells him. 'Rest easy. If there's anything
to be done I'll do it.'
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/59/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.