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  • In a Nutshell

    From The Detroit Times, August 12, 1913. By Minna Irving.

    We heard with equanimity
        That coal was soaring high,
    We bore it when the price of meat
        Went kiting to the sky;
    When eggs and butter followed suit
        We stood it like a sport.
    But lo, the worst has come at last—
        The peanut crop is short.

    When sailing Coney Island-ward
        Across the ocean swells,
    No longer can we leave a wake
        Of bobbing empty shells.
    And when to circuses and such
        We merrily resort,
    We cannot feed the elephant—
        The peanut crop is short.

    Oh, what is Summer time without
        The tuber of delight?
    We ought to bust the peanut trust,
        We ought to make a fight;
    We ought to put our woe in print,
        We ought to go to court,
    We ought to take the war-path when
        The peanut crop is short.