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40 Rolling Stones
"The kid thought for a minute. 'I guess I made a mis-
take,' he says. 'I ought to have gone farther west. They
find 'em wild out there in the canons.' iHe holds out his
hand to John Tom, the little rascal. 'Please excuse me,
sir,' says he, 'for shooting at you. I hope it didn't hurt
you. But you ought to be more careful. VWhen a scout
sees a Indian in his war-dress, his rifle must speak.' Little
Bear give a big laugh with a whoop at the end of it, and
swings the kid ten feet high and sets him on his shoulder,
and the runaway fingers the fringe and the eagle feathers
and is full of the joy the white man knows when he dangles
his heels against an inferior race. It is plain that Little
Bear and that kid are chums from that on. The little
renegade has already smoked the pipe of peace with the
savage; and you can see in his eye that lie is figuring on a
tomahawk and a pair of moccasins, children's size.
"We have supper in the tent. The youngster looks
upon me and the Professor as ordinary braves, only in-
tended as a background to the camp scene. When he
is seated on a box of Sum-wah-tah, with the edge of the
table sawing his neck, and his mouth full of beefsteak,
Little Bear calls for his name. 'Roy,' says the kid, with
a sirloiny sound to it. But when the rest of it and his
post-office address is referred to, lie shakes his head. 'I
guess not,' he says. 'You'll send me back. I want to
stay with you. I like this camping out. At home, we
fellows had a camp in our back yard. They called me
Roy, the Red Wolf. I guess that'll do for a name.
Gimme another piece of beefsteak, please.'
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/70/: accessed February 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.