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John Tomr Little Bear 39
"'O-ho!' says John Tom, 'I see. You're the Boy
Avenger. And you've sworn to rid the continent of the
savage redman. Is that about the way of it, son?'
"The kid halfway nodded his head. And then he
looked glum. 'Twas indecent to wring his secret from his
bosom before a single brave had fallen before his parlor-
"'Now, tell us where your wigwam is, pappoose,' says
John Tom - 'where you live? Your mamma will be
worrying about you being out so late. Tell me, and I'll
take you home.'
"The kid grins. 'I guess not,' he says. 'I live thou-
sands and thousands of miles over there.' He gyrated his
hand toward the horizon. 'I come on the train,' he says,
'by myself. I got off here because the conductor said my
ticket had ex-pirated.' lie looks at John Tom with sud-
den suspicion. 'I bet you ain't a Indian,' he says. 'You
don't talk like a Indian. You look like one, but all a
Indian can say is "heap good" and "paleface die." Say,
I bet you are one of them make-believe Indians that sell
medicine on the streets. I saw one once in Quincy.'
"'You never mind,' says John Tom, 'whether I'm a
cigar-sign or a Tammany cartoon. The question before
the council is what's to be done with you. You've run
away from home. You've been reading Howells. You've
disgraced the profession of boy avengers by trying to
shoot a tame Indian, and never saying: "Die, dog of
a redskin! You have crossed the path of the Boy Aven-
ger nineteen times too often." What do you mean by it?'
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/69/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.