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  • Truths of History—No. 4

    From the Richmond Times Dispatch, July 15, 1915.

    When barons bold at Runnymede
        Laid down the law to England’s King,
    The Magna Charta there decreed
        Was not meant liberty to bring.

    Of course, the barons spread this tale,
    But they did that to cop the kale.

    The fact is barons in that day
        Had found their purses waxing slim,
    And made the King agree to pay
        Whene’er they turned a trick for him.

    The other rules they did indite
    Were meant to make the thing sound right.