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

85. Barney Hainsfeather


IF the excursion train to Peoria 
Had just been wrecked, I might have escaped with my life— 
Certainly I should have escaped this place. 
But as it was burned as well, they mistook me 
For John Allen who was sent to the Hebrew Cemetery         5
At Chicago, 
And John for me, so I lie here. 
It was bad enough to run a clothing store in this town, 
But to be buried here—ach! 


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