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First Line: About a week before town meeting
Last Line: "will make our wallets mighty sick."
Subject(s): Public Service; Towns; Vermont


About a week before town meeting
You have a call from Deacon Plumb,
Who hands you out a gracious greeting,
Though usually he's pretty glum;
Says he, "I've called to get your feeling
About that culvert down by Blair's
And ask if you consider Kealing
The man to run our road affairs?

"You know he stands right in with Tenney,
He's up for lister—him and Drew—
They'll tax us till we hain't a penny,
And this is real estate year, too;
We folks that live out here in Scrabble
Have got to kinder stick and hold,
Or else, By Gosh! that village rabble
Will build the roads of solid gold.

"It's fourteen year sense I was lister—
I ain't a-looking for it now—
But Tenney's jest a railroad twister,
And Drew, he isn't wuth his cow;
If we'll wake up I have an inkling
That now's the time to land our man;
We'll get a pretty decent sprinkling
Of village votes from Jim McAnn.

"There ain't no very healthy reason,
Because he buys the railroad wood,
Why such a weathercock as Gleason
Should oversee the poor for good;
He's got a long St. Albans letter
He's showing 'round, with lots of airs,
That calls him straight, but we know better,
He's crooked as the chamber stairs.

"Jake Sykes has writ a short petition
For me to make the lister run,
And here's my names—good ammunition—
But shot and powder needs a gun;
You pop my name before the meeting,
If that's your pleasure, neighbor Munn,
We'll give that village gang a beating,
Or else, I Snum, it can't be done.

"I ain't a-asking any favors,
I never did and never do,
But we ain't little bits of shavers
To be bossed 'round by dummy Drew;
We folks that live out here in Scrabble
Have got to kinder hold and stick,
Or else that village railroad rabble
Will make our wallets mighty sick."





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