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

38. Charlie French


DID you ever find out 
Which one of the O’Brien boys it was 
Who snapped the toy pistol against my hand? 
There when the flags were red and white 
In the breeze and “Bucky” Estil         5
Was firing the cannon brought to Spoon River 
From Vicksburg by Captain Harris; 
And the lemonade stands were running 
And the band was playing, 
To have it all spoiled  10
By a piece of a cap shot under the skin of my hand, 
And the boys all crowding about me saying: 
“You’ll die of lock-jaw, Charlie, sure.” 
Oh, dear! oh, dear! 
What chum of mine could have done it?  15


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