A vender of balloons, a chap
In Russia born and bred,
Came ambling through the dusty street,
His wares above his head.
"Balloons! Balloons! Who vants to buy?"
He shrilly cried. "I say"
Just then his enterprise collapsed
The shot had come that way.
Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate
[title page] [Peter Newell]
Online edition by Marco
Graziosi, December 1999.