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54 Rolling Stones
lotos, William Trotter had pleased me much, and I hated
to see him gobbled up by the tropics.
"I've no doubt you could," he said, idly splitting the
bark from a section of sugar-cane. "I've no doubt you
could do much for me. If every man could do as much
for himself as he can for others, every country in the
world would be holding millenniums instead of centen-
There seemed to be pabulum in W. T.'s words. And
then another idea came to me.
I had a brother in Chicopee Falls who owned manu-
factories - cotton, or sugar, or A. A. sheetings, or some-
thing in the commercial line. Tie was vulgarly rich, and
therefore reverenced art. The artistic temperament of
the family was monopolized at my birth. I knew that
Brother James would honor my slightest wish. I would
demand from him a position in cotton, sugar, or sheetings
for William Trotter - something, say, at two hundred a
month or thereabouts. I confided my beliefs and made
my large propositions to William. He had pleased me
much, and he was ragged.
While we were talking, there was a sound of firing guns
- four or five, rattlingly, as if by a squad. The cheerful
noise came from the direction of the cuartel, which is a
kind of makeshift barracks for the soldiers of the republic.
"Hear that?" said William Trotter. "Let me tell you
"A year ago I landed on this coast with one solitary
dollar. I have the same sum in my pocket to-day. I
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/86/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.