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John Tom Little Bear 45
coming from a wake. And there she inspects the wagon,
and pats the place with her hand where the kid used to
sleep, and dabs around her eyewinkers with her handker-
chief. And Professor Binkly gives us 'Trovatore' on one
string of the banjo, and is about to slide off into Hamlet's
monologue when one of the horses gets tangled in his rope
and he must go look after him, and says something about
"When it got dark me and John Tom walked back up to
the Corn Exchange Hotel, and the four of us had supper
there. I think the trouble started at that supper, for
then was when Mr. Little Bear made an intellectual bal-
loon ascension. I held on to the tablecloth, and listened
to him soar. That redman, if I could judge, had the gift
of information. He took language, and did with it all a
Roman can do with macaroni. His vocal remarks was all
embroidered over with the most scholarly verbs and pre-
fixes. And his syllables was smooth, and fitted nicely to
the joints of his idea. I thought I'd heard him talk before,
but I hadn't. And it wasn't the size of his words, but the
way they come; and 'twasn't his subjects, for he spoke of
common things like cathedrals and football and poems and
catarrh and souls and freight rates and sculpture. Mrs.
Conyers understood his accents, and the elegant sounds
went back and forth between 'em. And now and then
Jefferson D. Peters would intervene a few shop-worn,
senseless words to have the butter passed ur another leg of
"Yes, John Tom Little Bear appeared to be inveigled
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/75/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.