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John Tomni Little Bear 37
pocketing the Kansasters that had the department stores
reduced to a decimal fraction. Look ye! A pair of silk
garters, a dream book, one dozen clothespins, a gold tooth,
and 'When Knighthood Was in Flower' all wrapped up in
a genuine Japanese silkarina handkerchief and handed to
the handsome lady by Mr. Peters for the trivial sum of
fifty cents, while Professor Binkly entertains us in a three-
minute round with the banjo.
"'Twas an eminent graft we had. We ravaged peace-
fully through the State, determined to remove all doubt
as to why 'twas called bleeding Kansas. John Tom Little
Bear, in full Indian chief's costume, drew crowds away
from the parchesi sociables and government ownership
conversaziones. While at the football college in the East
he had acquired quantities of rhetoric and the art of calis-
thenics and sophistry in his classes, and when he stood up
in the red wagon and explained to the farmers, eloquent,
about chilblains and hyperiesthesia of the cranium, Jeff
couldn't hand out the Indian Remedy fast enough for 'em.
"One night we was camped on the edge of a little town
out west of Salina. We always camped near a stream, and
put up a little tent. Sometimes we sold out of the Rem-
edy unexpected, and then Chief Wish-Heap-Dough would
have a dream in which the Manitou commanded him to fill
up a few bottles of Sum-wah-tah at the most convenient
place. 'Twas about ten o'clock, and we'd just got in from
a street performance. I was in the tent with the lantern,
figuring up the day's profits. John Tom hadn't taken off
his Indian make-up, and was sitting by the campfire
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/67/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.