The first Rolling Stone magazine was published in Austin, Texas, between 1894 and 1895. It contained humorous articles, political notes, cartoons, and jokes and was published by Sydney Porter, who came to Texas from North Carolina. Porter went on to bigger fame writing under the pseudonym of O. Henry, but was later charged with embezzlement from a bank where he worked as a teller. He fled to Central America but returned in 1897 to visit his sick wife and was arrested in March 1898. He was found guilty and sentenced to the federal penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that Porter began writing short stories, many of which had Texas settings.
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