O. Henry on His own Appearance
O. Henry wrote:
"If long hair, part of a sombrero, Mexican spurs, etc.. would make a fellow famous, I already occupy a topmost niche in the Temple Frame. If my wild, untamed aspect had not been counteracted by my well-known benevolent and amiable expression of countenance, I would have been arrested long ago by the Rangers on general suspicions of murder and horse stealing. In fact, I owe all my present means of lugubrious living to my desperate and bloodthirsty appearance, combined with the confident and easy way in which I tackle a Winchester rifle.
----- William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) in an 1884 letter
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.