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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

82. John M. Church


I WAS attorney for the “Q” 
And the Indemnity Company which insured 
The owners of the mine. 
I pulled the wires with judge and jury, 
And the upper courts, to beat the claims         5
Of the crippled, the widow and orphan, 
And made a fortune thereat. 
The bar association sang my praises 
In a high-flown resolution. 
And the floral tributes were many—  10
But the rats devoured my heart 
And a snake made a nest in my skull! 


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