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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

26. Knowlt Hoheimer


I WAS the first fruits of the battle of Missionary Ridge. 
When I felt the bullet enter my heart 
I wished I had staid at home and gone to jail 
For stealing the hogs of Curl Trenary, 
Instead of running away and joining the army.         5
Rather a thousand times the country jail 
Than to lie under this marble figure with wings, 
And this granite pedestal 
Bearing the words, ”Pro Patria.” 
What do they mean, anyway?  10


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