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Y 0EfcTC nLEY.
Wherever the railrpad has vouchsafe a- station, . -'
And jnany a place where it's not, " ' ,. ---i -
Way out pn the fringes of civilization - "" '
, Or close to its busiest spot, "
Wherever a retailer's present to treat with". .7 M :, '
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, xiis various samples io scan, r ., - -
Why, that Isthe place you are certain to meet with
And notice the Traveling Man ! - - - ". '- 'I '
He!s easy o spot, for you cannpt.mistake.'hinii. -. "
There's avsmar,t sort of tilt 'to his lid, - K .
". And'a dash andAa devilmay-care-ness that plaices Rim
A person whose trade can't be Tiii; t,i'
Way, back in his eyes is a luminous twinkle - rl , .'
.f And his smile's on a'generous plan, - '- $ , ' '
, Each mpve and each word and each laugh aifd each wrinkle
Proclaim lie's a Traveling Man. '
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Despite all the horrors of countryside taverns' '
j Which follow a wearisome ride, . JT --"
Ttte rooms which are nothing but dreary old caverns, '
And tfie dishes eternally fried, - j-J
He'keeps up his cheer, he's a blithe sunny'SpifitV-bj v
He's built on the joyfulest plan , '
The latest in stories br styles you will hear it' '' j
From the. lips of the Traveling Man. -" Vt?, , '
He's gay and he's flippant, a trifle flirtatious,
But frue, just. the same, to his own,
The helpless onesifind him both gentle, and gracious,
The other kind leave him alone;
Thrdugh all kinds rif trouble and worry and weather
He tends to thework of his clan,
He's a link in the chain that keeps mortals together
Here's how to the Traveling Man.