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30 Rolling Stones
"So things went along that way for some weeks. Izzy
was a great cook; and if she had had a little more poise of
character and smoked a little better brand of tobacco we
might have drifted into some sense of responsibility for the
honor I had conferred on her. But as time went on I began
to hunger for the sight of a real lady standing before me in
a street-car. All I was staying in that land of bilk and
money for was because I couldn't get away, and I thought
it no more than decent to stay and see O'Connor shot.
"One day our old interpreter drops around and after
smoking an hour says that the judge of the peace sent him
to request me to call on him. I went to his office in a
lemon grove on a hill at the edge of the town; and there I
had a surprise. I expected to see one of the usual cin-
namon-colored natives in congress gaiters and one of
Pizzaro's cast-off hats. What I saw was an elegant gentle-
man of a slightly claybank complexion sitting in an uphol-
stered leather chair, sipping a highball and reading Mrs.
IIumphry Ward. I had smuggled into my brain a few
words of Spanish by the help of Izzy, and I began to re-
mark in a rich Andalusian brogue:
"'Buenas dias, senior. Yo tengo - yo tengo -
"'Oh, sit down, Mr. Bowers,' says he. 'I spent eight
years in your country in colleges and law schools. Let me
mix you a highball. Lemon peel, or not?'
"Thus we got along. In about half an hour I was be-
ginning to tell him about the scandal in our family when
Aunt Elvira ran away with a Cumberland Presbyterian
preacher. Then he says to me:
Here’s what’s next.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/60/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.