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  • The Alchemist

    From the Evening Star, November 3, 1912.
    By Marlin Ward.
     My simple say-so makes the truth,
         It also makes the lie;
     And all things bad transmute to good
         When they are done by I.
     Bill Flinn was just a common boss
         Until he followed me,
     But now he’s clean and beautiful
         As any one can be.
     Perkins had predatory wealth
         Until I sanctified
     His tainted cash and made it pure
         By use upon my side.
     Thus, that all men and measures, too,
         Are made, for bad or good,
     As they are for me or against,
         Is plainly understood.
     By all who get pure politics
         Direct from Flinn and me,
     The grand originators of
         Political purity.