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36 Rolling Stones
which we might work in a quiet way so as not to excite the
stupidity of the police or the cupidity of the larger cor-
porations. We had close upon $500 between us, and we
pined to make it grow, as all respectable capitalists do.
"So we figured out a proposition which seems to be as
honorable as a gold mine prospectus and as profitable as a
church raffle. And inside of thirty days you find us
swarming into Kansas with a pair of fluent horses and a
red camping wagon on the European plan. John Tom is
Chief Vish-Heap-Dough, the famous Indian medicine man
and Samaritan Sachem of the Seven Tribes. Mr. Peters is
business manager and half owner. We needed a third
man, so we looked around and found J. Conyngham
Binkly leaning against the want column of a newspaper.
This Binkly has a disease for Shakespearian roles, and an
hallucination about a 200 nights' run on the New York
stage. But he confesses that he never could earn the
butter to spread on his William S. roles, so he is willing to
drop to the ordinary baker's kind, and be satisfied with a
200-mile run behind the medicine ponies. Besides
Richard III, he could do twenty-seven coon songs and
banjo specialties, and was willing to cook, and curry the
horses. We carried a fine line of excuses for taking
money. One was a magic soap for removing grease spots
and quarters from clothes. One was a Sum-wah-tah, the
great Indian Remedy made from a prairie herb revealed
by the Great Spirit in a dream to his favorite medicine
men, the great chiefs MleGarrity and Silberstein, bottlers,
Chicago. And the other was a frivolous system of pick-
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/66/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.