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THE---1 POACHER'S REVENGE;…

HAVING GREAl LARKS.

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VILLON'S BALLAD OF DEAD LADIES,

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l THE MODERN GHOST. I I. HE old-fashioned ghost was giddy and gay, He livad in baronial hails; His get-up was some- thing appalling, they say i And the bravest Sir Knight be could frighten away jjf jk With his grisly form 07/7 and funeral lay 1^' Whene ver be made v Wit his calls. ^y^But sad is the lot of jj* the ghost of to-day. r I never get, even a show Though I scout through the night Till the morning is gray. And dance on each telegraph post on the way. And peep in at windows with grimaces gay, I can't scare a soul, don't you know III. Ab there once was a time, when they feared one and all, A glimpse of my form and my face. As I peered from a tomb or a tottering wall. And crooked out my croon with a terrible bawl, E'en the man in the moon with convulsions should fall, When I put on my choicest grimace IV. But now when I steal in the solemn midnight To a nursery dim and dark, With a sorrowful song by each crib, I alight. And make horrible eyes at each infant in sight; But the worst of it is that they never take fright; For they look on it all as a lark. V. A few days ago at a bank I dropped in. Found the president ready to skips He welcomed me with an affectionate grin. Having just robbed the safe of available tin. And everything else in the place worth a pin, For his coming Canadian trip. VI. Did I frighten him ? No He said, What a shame That we couldn't partners become You could flit with the boodle as quick as you came, And leave the directors to shoulder the blame If you think you would care for a hand in the game, You would clear quite a neat little sum. VII. The time has gone by when a decent old spook Found pleasure in roaming about; In the days of my youth, how folks shivered andl shook If I gave tbem a grin or a good-natured look But how I am guyed in each juvenile be ok. And losiug my grip beyond doubt. VIII. The ghost of the past could drive into a fit A spinster of uncertain age Bat in these days they don't mind my presence i bit, And actually flirt with me when on the flit, < Or draw their chairs closer to where I may sit, And wink at me, much to my rige. IX. It may be quite true, as philosophers say, That we live in a wonderful age But I know the ghost business has seen its bee day, So I thimk I'll sell out, for it really don't pay To the nearest museum I'll hie me away And exhibit myself in a cage 1

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