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  • The Cat

    From The Topeka State Journal, September 23, 1914. By Roy K. Moulton.

    Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered, weak and weary,
        Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
    While a short snooze I was snatching,
        Suddenly there came a scratching, and ’twas on my chamber door.
    “’Tis no visitor,” I muttered, “scratching at my chamber door.
        Just the cat and nothing more.”

    I knew what the cat expected, and I knew I was elected
        So I grabbed the noisy feline to perform my nightly chore.
    Down the cold stairway I hurried while the chilly breezelets scurried
        Round my shins and then I let him safely out the kitchen door.
    I had put him out so often that it really made me sore,
        Simply that and nothing more.

    Back to my hall room I ambled and into the bed I scrambled,
        When I heard a fearful wailing that I’d often heard before.
    ’Twas the same old caterwauling and the same old feline calling,
        As he vainly tried to get in at the self-same kitchen door.
    Then I hastened down the stairway and was chilled through to the core,
        Just to let him in once more.