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John M. Church


I was attorney for the "Q"

And the Indemnity Company which insured

The owners of the mine.

I pulled the wires with judge and jury,

And the upper courts, to beat the claims

Of the crippled, the widow and orphan,

And made a fortune thereat.

The bar association sang my praises

In a high-flown resolution.

And the floral tributes were manyŚ

But the rats devoured my heart

And a snake made a nest in my skull!


Edgar Lee Masters

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