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By Berton Braley.
("The American Sense of Humor Is Less Pronounced Than in the
Past" Quotation from an Editorial.)
Oh, once we laughed and we lightly chaffed
At the public crook and his ways of graft,
And we roared with glee when we came to see
Boodle and theft and bribery;
But we've lost our sense of fun intense
In "bitter jibes at our own expense,
And when things aren't right in the public sight
Instead of laughing we want to fight.
We laughed, in time, at public crime,
At the ugly Beast and his wake of slime,
By robbers deft we ,were bereft
And we laughed to think we had something left;
So the laughter throbbed and the robbers robbed
And we snickered to think how we were jobbed,
And we grew quite red as we patted our head,
And "Gee, but we're humorous folks," we said.
But these things aren't "cute" somehow;
Instead of laughter they start a row!
And I'm glad that's flat that we've all said "scat"
To a sense of humor as keen as that!
Friend : "Haven't vou named
the baby yet ?"
Proud Mother: "No, we must
be very careful to give him a nice
one, because there will be so
many named after him when he
And poor Cousin Bill Taft has
to postpone his annual dinner to
the U. S. supreme court in order
to stump Ohio! Qh temporal Q
mores! O Bill!
Russia retaliates by barring out
the Salvation Army. Evidently
LTncle Sam has got to keep his
good citizens at home.