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38 Rolling Stones
minding a fine sirloin steak in the pan for the Professor
till he finished his hair-raising scene with the trained
"All at once out of dark bushes comes a pop like a fire-
cracker, and John Tom gives a grunt and digs out of his
bosom a little bullet that has dented itself against his
collar-bone. John Tom makes a dive in the direction of
the fireworks, and comes back dragging by the collar a
kid about nine or ten years young, in a velveteen suit, with
a little nickel-mounted rifle in his hand about as big as a
"'Here, you pappoose,' says John Tom, 'what are you
gunning for with that howitzer? You might hit somebody
in the eye. Come out, Jeff, and mind the steak. Don't
let it burn, while I investigate this demon with the pea
"'Cowardly redskin,' says the kid like he was quoting
from a favorite author. 'Dare to burn me at the stake
and the paleface will sweep you from the prairies like -
like everything. Now, you lemme go, or I'll tell mamma.'
"John Tom plants the kid on a camp-stool, and sits
down by him. 'Now, tell the big chief,' he says, 'why you
try to shoot pellets into your Uncle John's system.
Didn't you know it was loaded?'
"'Are you a Indian?' asks the kid, looking up cute as
you please at John Tom's buckskin and eagle feathers. 'I
am,' says John Tom. 'Well, then, that's why,' answers
the boy, swinging his feet. I nearly let the steak burn
watching the nerve of that youngster.
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/68/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.