A watermelon, large and fine,
    Was in the kitchen shed;
The bullet drilled a hole through it
    As on its way it sped.

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"Who plugged dat melon?" mammy cried,
    As through the door she came.
"I'd spank de chile dat done dat trick,
    Ef I could learn his name."





Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate 14.

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Online edition by Marco Graziosi, December 1999.

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