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For,

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear

Of him that hears it.
Never in the tongue
Of him that makes it."

Which made me all the more careful to do my authors justice, leaving the prosperity of the jests to the hearers.

CAROLYN WELLS.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The compiler is indebted to the publisher or author, as noted below, for the use of copyright material included in this volume. Special arrangements have been made with the authorized publishers of those American poets, whose works in whole or in part have lapsed copyright. All rights of these poems have been reserved by the authorized publisher, author or holder of the copyright as indicated in the following:

Little, Brown & Company: For selections from the Poems and Limericks of Edward Lear.

The Macmillan Company: For selections from the Poems of Lewis Carroll and Verses from “ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

Harr Wagner Publishing Company: For permission to reprint from “The Complete Poems” of Joaquin Miller “ That Gentle Man From Boston Town,” “That Texan Cattle Man,” “William Brown of Oregon."

Frederick A. Stokes Company: “Bessie Brown, M.D.” and “A Kiss in the Rain,” by Samuel Minturn Peck.

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company: For the inclusion of the following Poems by Sam Walter Foss: “ The Meeting of the Clabberhuses,” “A Philosopher” and “The Prayer of Cyrus Brown” from “ Dreams in Homespun," copyright, 1897. “Then Agin—” and “Husband and Heathen,” from “ Back Country Poems,” copyright, 1894. “ The Ideal Husband to His Wife," from “Whiffs from Wild Meadows," copyright, 1895.

Forbes & Company: "How Often ?” “If I Should Die To-night,” and “The Pessimist,” by Ben King.

The Century Company: For permission to reprint from St. Nicholas Magazine the following poems by Ruth McEnery Stuart: “The Endless Song” and “The Hen-Roost Man"; and by Tudor Jenks: “An Old Bachelor”; and by Mary

Mapes Dodge: “Home and Mother,” “ Life in Laconics," “ Over the Way” and “The Zealless Xylographer.”

Thomas L. Masson: For permission to reprint " The Kiss” from “ Life.”

E. P. Dutton & Company: “The Converted Cannibals” and “The Retired Pork-Butcher and the Spook,” by G. E. Farrow.

Houghton Mifflin Company: With their permission and by special arrangement, as authorized publishers of the following authors' works, are used: Selections from Nora Perry, John Townsend Trowbridge, Charles E. Carryl, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bret Harte, James Thomas Fields, John G. Saxe, James Russell Lowell and Bayard Taylor.

A. P. Watt & Son and Doubleday, Page & Company: For their permission to use “Divided Destinies," “ Study of an Elevation, in Indian Ink,” and “ Commonplaces,” by Rudyard Kipling.

G. P. Putnam's Sons: Selections from the Poems of Eugene Fitch Ware and “ The Wreck of the ‘Julie Plante,'” by William Henry Drummond.

Henry Holt & Company: Two Parodies from “and Other Poets," by Louis Untermeyer.

Dodd, Mead & Company: “The Constant Cannibal Maiden,” “Blow Me Eyes” and “A Grain of Salt," by Wallace Irwin.

John Lane Company: For Poems by Owen Seaman, Anthony C. Deane and G. K. Chesterton.

The Smart Set: “Dighton is Engaged,” and “Kitty Wants to Write," by Gelett Burgess.

Small, Maynard & Company: For selections from Holman F. Day, Richard Hovey and Clinton Scollard.

The Bobbs-Merrill Company: For special permission to reprint from the Biographical Edition of the Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley (copyright, 1913) the following Poems: “Little Orphant Annie,” “The Lugubrious Whing-Whang,” “The Man in the Moon,” “ The Old Man and Jim," " Prior to Miss Belle's Appearance,” “Spirk Throll-Derisive,” “When the Frost is on the Punkin."

The Bobbs-Merrill Company: For permission to use the

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Acknowledgments following Poems by Robert J. Burdette, from “Smiles Yoked with Sighs" (copyright, 1900), “Orphan Born,” “The Romance of the Carpet,” “Soldier, Rest!”, “Songs without Words," " What Will We Do?.

Charles Scribner's Sons: For permission to use “The Dinkey-Bird,” “Dutch Lullaby,” “ The Little Peach," “ The Truth About Horace," by Eugene Field.

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