"Austere perseverance, harsh and continuous -- rarely fails of its purpose, for its
silent power grows irresistibly greater with time." --Wolfgang von Goethe
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It was 1920 -- a time of Roaring plenty for some, but not for all. On what is now the site of a new golf course near Austin, Texas, local legend tells of Silas McIe, a poverty-stricken farmer who toiled his land to wring out meager crops of cotton and beans. With a gimpy mule, Silas plowed his acres endlessly, removing the prolific chunks of limestone to make way for the blades of his harrow. It was ruthless and disappointing work. The more he dug, the more stones he dislodged. To add insult to his never-ending task, the rocks seemed to regenerate overnight, and the infrequent dashing rains always revealed more.