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First Line: The summer shirt sale of a downtown haberdasher is glorified
Last Line: Challenge to the ghost who walks on paydays.
Subject(s): Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


THE summer shirt sale of a downtown haberdasher is glorified in a
show-window slang: everybody understands the language: red dots,
yellow circles, blue anchors, and dove-brown hooks, these perform
explosions in color: stripes and checks fight for the possession of
front lines and salients: detectives, newsies, teameoes, niggers, all
stop, look, and listen: the shirt sale and the show window kick at the
street with a noise joyous as a clog dancer: the ensemble is a
challenge to the ghost who walks on paydays.






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