Mis' Silverman had built a fire
And shovelled on some coal,
When through the stove-pipe crashed the shot
And made a gaping hole!
The smoke in murky columns rose,
The lady raised a shout;
Then on the scene the firemen came,
And put the lady out!
Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate
[title page] [Peter Newell]
Online edition by Marco
Graziosi, December 1999.