A lady came into a store
    Where animals were sold,
To buy a parrot with a tongue
    That wouldn't swear or scold;

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But as she talked about the bird
    And asked about the price,
The bullet plunged clean through a box
    And freed a lot of mice!





Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate 7.

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Online edition by Marco Graziosi, December 1999.

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