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THE ATAVISM OF JOHN TOM LITTLE BEAR
[0. Henry thought this the best of the Jeff Peters stories, all the
rest of which are included in " The Gentle Grafter," except
"Cupid '1i la Carte" in the " Heart of the West." "The Atavism
of John Tom Little Bear" appeared in Everybody's llagazine for
I SAW a light in Jeff Peters's room over the Red Front
Drug Store. I hastened toward it, for I had not know.
that Jeff was in town. He is a man of the Iladji breed, of
a hundred occupations, with a story to tell (when he will)
of each one.
I found Jeff repacking his grip for a run down to Florida
to look at an orange grove for which he had traded, a
month before, his mining claim on the Yukon. He kicked
me a chair, with the same old humorous, profound smile
on his seasoned countenance. It had been eight months
since we had met, but his greeting was such as men pass
from day to day. Time is Jeff's servant, and the conti-
nent is a big lot across which he cuts to his many roads.
For a while we skirmished along the edges of unprofit-
able talk which culhninated in that unquiet problem of the
"All them tropical races," said Jeff, "could be run out
better with their own jockeys up. The tropical man knows
what he wants. All he wants is a season ticket to the
- CYT- II
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/64/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.