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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 20, 1912, Image 13

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A DARKTOWN MEETO
Wh?n the menibers of the
Smoky City Othello and Ham
Literary society had gathered in
their hall, Rev. John Quincy
Adams Jackson, . the presidegt,
rapped for order with thetin dip
per handle.
"As X ariz to promulfizgate, fel
low Jitratur.es, dis hyeh meetin'
am foh de purpose of 'lectin' a
successor to de honohable and
wuhthy gemman who .now
"dresse yoh. It am fittin' "befoh
yoh gp to nom'natin' some wuol
less ornery, come-"seVen? razpr
tolih', moon-eyed, doctor-sew-eci
"
"I riz- to, a point of order," in
terrupted Frog-eye Simmons. "If
Brudder Jackson continues to
"spout. all night like a red-hot,
steam-hissin' sawmill en-jfne, dey
won't be no time to elect me as
president."
"Elect yoh!" cried out Presi
dent Jackson, Sister Ann Huckle
berry and Uncle Orlando Orestes
Napoleon .Hardtack in unison.
"Dat's what I said!" affirmed
Frog-eye Simmons. "I pro
n6unces my canvas-ship foh .de
same."
"But yoh can't write no poul
try!" exclaimed Confucius Wat
erloo Lee Jones, i
Frog-eye Simmons " drew a
shining razor from Tits right "botit
heel. Sister Ann Huckleberry
borrowed Miss Alexandrina Sul
Hnger's new lavender'glass smell
ing bottle and fainted. The oresi
dent fell out of the window. Frog
eye Simmons spoke slowly, men
acingly: "Maybe yoh has got
some sonnet poultry to enlighten
fy dis hyeh club."
"I shoh has!" cried Confucius
Waterloo Lee Jones. He climbed
upon the coal box, unfolded
a piece of brown wrapping paper
from the Fleshy Opossum res
taurant, tied with ' a pink and
lemon ribbon, and recited in a
melodious bass:
"De moon sot jn de tempesquen-
tial sea;
De stahs tucked dere bright coun-
terances behind a 'simmon
tree;
De fahmer deserted de hen-house
and fohgot de key,
And left de suqculiferous pullets
a-waitin' theah foh me."
There was a tremendous out
burst of applause.
"Oh, yoh chicken!" shouted
Christopher Columbus Henson.
Th.en Frog-eye Simmons wav
ed silence andr displaying a. man
uscript cut from the back of a
flour sack, he read:
"O, Ham, lustiferous sire-of a
mighty,-cullud band,'
When yoh left de good, old Ark
and wandered down to
Egyptland,
What foh in de name o' darkness
didn't yoh turn and ramble
back
Befoh yoh face'got blistered arid
yoli turned a" nation
black?"
Instantly there was another
wild acclaim and it was necessary
for the-president to appoint Mr.
Solar Plexus Thompson and Mr.
Peter Fitzmelon, the 'ex-heavyweights,
as -a committee to Col
lect razors and brass knucfes be-

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