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  • ‘Twas Always Thus

    From The Topeka State Journal, February 22, 1913.
     By Roy K. Moulton.
     I dwelt within a palace grand
     With hired help on every hand
     I ran the place at large expense
     The luxury was just immense.
     I lived on porterhouse and quail
     My chef knew no such word as “fail.”
     I had a splendid limousine
     A seven-passenger machine
     I also owned a racing car
     And there was not a thing to mar
     My peace of mind. I knew no toil
     I didn’t have to do a thing
     From spring to fall and fall to spring.
     I had no worry on my mind
     Or vain regret of any kind.
     My castle was a sight to see
     I had ten men to wait on me
     And when I got a bill, by heck,
     My secretary wrote a check.
     I lolled about and took my ease
     With bank notes piled up to my knees.
     Then something happened suddenly
     My wife came in the room and she
     Said as she gave my hair a jerk:
     “Wake up, you chump, and go to work.”