My Recollections of O. Henry (W. S. Porter) Page: 3 of 9
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Everybody that knew him liked him; Herman Pressler
and he were chums.
We let him draw whenever he wanted to in the office;
we didn't mind it.
I never thought he was talented except as an artist.
I knew he was away above the average, but I never had any idea
then that he would develop into the world renowned writer that
He used to write short storied when he was here;
edited a paper called the"Rolling Stone". He edited it here
awhile and then went to San Antonio and published it there awhile.
It was full of funny things. He was poor and had to go around and
borrow money to get it out; couldn't get enough advertising to
pay for it.
Old Dr. Brackenridge had a few copies of it, let somebody
in New York have them. He said they lithographed them, then offered
him fifty dollars for them; he never did get his papers back.
That is comnion history, hearsay.
Ed Smith told me he used to let Porter have money to get
his paper out; I expect D54 Brackendidge did the same thing. He
published that after he left our firm. Like all ventures of that
kind, the public's attitude might have been called luke warm.
A whole lot of them subscribed to it just on account of Porter being
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Frank Maddox. My Recollections of O. Henry (W. S. Porter), text, 191?; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139468/m1/3/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas General Land Office.