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up to the desk where we had so often sat to write and
I said to myself: "Now sit right down there, Stetson,
I want to have a good look at you!" But I could
not see him. I wondered should anyone show me a
photograph of him, could I identify it?
Sickening fear choked me.
Undoubtedly my mind was going. Then my head
"Forty-five thousand dollars gone! Ninety thousand
dollars in debt! Fiftv-four years old!"
"MIy God! Mv God!" I cried out.
People stared at me.
A mother drew her child closer to her side.
An overpowering desire to be quiet: to be alone in
stillness came over me.
I do not remember how I reached my room but
somehow I got there. Perspiration beaded my body.
My room, the one in which the plot had been hatcheld
was not large as hotel rooms go, but to me it seemed vast.
I went into the bath room and dipped a towel into
ice water; wrung it out and wrapping it about my head
like a Hindu turban, lay flat on the bed.
The cooling water 'drew the fever from my brain.
I do not know how long it was; time for me had
ceased to record, but slowly normality came back; normality
of pulse and mind.
The frosty band across my brow brought tranquility
and presently I saw Stetson looking me straight in the
eye. We looked at each other for hours it must have
His picture burned into the sensitive film of my
brain; developed itself in the dark room of memory,
never to fade.
I studied his physique from every angle. He stood
six feet and weighed two hundred. His manly, swinging
carriage, his chestnut hair with a line of pink scalp
showing from the middle of his forehead to the crown;
Here’s what’s next.
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/38/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .