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50 Rolling Stones
and tie him up for a day or two, anyhow, on a disturbal
of the peace proposition.'
"Mrs. Conyers goes inside and cries with the landlord's
wife, who is fixing some catnip tea that will make every-
thing all right for the poor dear. The landlord comes out
on the porch, thumbing his one suspender, and says to me:
"' Ain't had so nmuchll excitements in town since Bedford
Steegall's wife swallered a spring lizard. I seen him
through the winder hit her with the buggy whip, and
everything. What's that suit of clothes cost you you
got on? 'Pears like we'd have some rain, don't it? Say,
doe, that Indian of yorn's on a kind of a whizz to-night,
ain't he? Ie comes along just before you did, and I told
himl about this here occurrence. IIe gives a cur'us kind
of a hoot, and trotted off. I guess our constable 'll have
hium in the lock-up 'fore morning.'
"I thought I'd sit on the porch and wait for the one
o'clock train. I wasn't feeling saturated with mirth.
Here was John Tom on one of his sprees, and Lhis kid-
napping business losing sleep for me. But then, I'm al-
ways having trouble with other people's troubles. Every
few minutes Mrs. Conyers would come out on the porch
and look down the road the way the buggy went, like she
expected to see that kid coming back on a white pony
with a red apple in his hand. Now, wasn't that like a
woman? And that brings up cats. 'I saw a mouse go in
this hole,' says Mrs. Cat; 'you can go prize up a plank over
there if you like; I'll watch this hole.'
"About a quarter to one o'clock the lady comes out
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/82/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.