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fTHE BUYER FROM CACTUS CITY BY O. HENRY
'Illustrated With a Pose From Life By Pauline Frederick,
Star of "Joseph and His Brethren" and Acclaimed
the Most Beautiful Woman in America by Har
rison Fisher, the Famous Artist; and by
Earle Williams of the Vitagraph Co.
(Copyright by Doubleday, Page ft Co.)
1 ..v-.Ly thousand people in Cactus
City, Texas, scatter their silver coin
with liberal hands for the things that
their hearts-desire. The bulk of this
semi-precious metal goes to Navarro
Every spring, Navarro, senior part
ner, fifty-five,' half Spanish, cos
mopolitan, able, polished, had "gone
on" to New York to buy goods. This
year he shied at taking up the long
trail. He 'was undoubtedly growing
older;.and he looked at his watch sev
eral .times-a day before the hour
came for his siesta.
"John," he said to his junior part
ner, "you shall go on this year to" buy
Two ,weeks later a man in a Texas
full dress suit black .frock coat,
broad-brimmed soft white hat, arid
lay-down .collar -inch high, with
black, wrought iron necktie entered
the wholesale cloak and suit estab
lishment of Zizzbaum & Son, .on
Old Zizzbaum had the eye of an
osprey, the memory of an elephant
and a mind that unfolded from him in
three movements like the puzzle of
the carpenter's rule. He rolled to the
front like a brunette polar bear and
shook Piatt's hand.
"And how is the good Mr. Navarro
in Texas?" he said. "The trip was
too long for him this year, so? We
welcome Mr. Piatt instead."
"A bull's eye," said Piatt, "and I'd
give forty acres of unirrigated Pecos
county land to know how you did it."
It was late in the afternoon .. 1
business for the day had ended.
Zizzbaum left Platt4 with a half
smoked cigar, and came out of the
private office to Son," who "was ar
ranging his diamond scarfpin before
a mirror, ready to leave.
"Abey," he said, "you will haye to
take' Mr. Piatt' around tonight" and '.
show him things. They are -customers
for ten-years. Mr. Navarro and
I we play chess every moment of
spare time when he came."That is
good, but Mr. Piatt is a young man
and this is his first visit to New York
He should amuse easily." . ,
"AU right," said Abey, screwing the
guard tightly on his pin. Tll take
him on. After he's seen, the Flatiron
nd the head waiter at the Hotel
Astor and heard, the'phonograph play
Under the Old Apple Tree' it'll be
half past ten, and Mr. Texas will be
ready to roll up in his blanket. I've
got a supper engagement at 11:30,
but he'll be all to the Mrs. Winslow
before then." -
The next morning at 10 Piatt walk
ed into the store ready to do busi
ness. He had a bunch of hyacinths
pinned on his lapel. Zizzbaum him
self waited on him. -Navarro & Piatt
were good customers and never failed
tp take their discount for cash.
"And what did you think of our
little town?" asked -Zizzbaum, with
the fatuous smile of the Manhat
tanite. "I shouldn't care to live in it," said
the Texan. "Your son and I knocked
around quite a little last night.