A thief was stealing in the door—
    A clever chap was he;
For he had waited till the gong
    Had summoned all to tea.
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  But at that moment came the shot,
    And smote the door-bell clear—
The butler reached the door in time
    To see him disappear!


Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate 19.

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Online edition by Marco Graziosi, December 1999.

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