A German band was on parade,
    And all the district knew it,
When—boom! the bass-drum sounded out—
    The shot had gone clean through it!
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  The leader turned about in ire,
    And pointing at the drummer,
Exclaimes: "You sthart too soon, my friendt—
    You make a better plumber!"


Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate 16.

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Online edition by Marco Graziosi, December 1999.

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