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First Line: I bought an ax of ezra wax, who said to
Last Line: Promise under, so I make tracks to ezra wax for every kind of plunder.
Subject(s): Axes; Lumber And Lumbering; Tools; Hatchets


I BOUGHT an ax of Ezra Wax, who said to me, "Now, sonny, if it's no good at
chopping wood, come back and get your money. If I sell junk that turns out punk,

the buyer is no loser; I'll make it good, as dealers should—I'm that sort
of a snoozer." With that new ax I took some whacks at divers kinds of lumber;
the edge was spoiled, and I was roiled, and said things without number. I took
the ax to Ezra Wax, and showed him it was pewter, and for an hour, with wrathful

power, I roared like baseball rooter. My spiel he heard; without a word, he
handed me a new one; an ax so neat, so bright, so sweet, a keen one and a true
one! Said Ezra Wax, "You bet your yaks, warthogs and dromedaries, that I make
good, as dealers should—my system never varies!" I buy my tacks of Ezra
Wax, my wringers and my whistles, my hoes and rakes and oil meal cakes, my seed

of grass and thistles. He would not break the pledge he'd make, or tramp a
promise under, so I make tracks to Ezra Wax for every kind of plunder.





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