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Again the bill was read and referred,
With many a hot discussion, too; But the solid south and dough-faced north
Said, “Boys it shan't go through!"
And then the issue came, you know,
The south against the north;
To see what 'twould bring forth.
Just then a gale from the south swept by.
It said, “we're all prepared for war! Resign your seats and come at once,
For free-soil men we do abhor!”
And when the pests had left the house,
They who had tried to crush this state With insults, more than men could bear,
With loud harangue and mean debate,
The free-soil men watched the gale,
To see what it would waft,
For Jimmy B will veto that,
He'll crush it afore and aft!"
For six long years of Democratic rule
'Twas broils, blood-shed and strife; For ruffiains, from the border states,
Marched through with lead and knife.
She had no power such mobs to stay,
For trampled had been her laws By the very men who had said, Our constitution and our laws,
They would sustain to the last clause.
And thus, you see, they bound her down,
Till eighteen sixty-one,-
And then, she walked alone.
And through that long and bloody strife,
She filled her quota full; And since that time she's rushed ahead Each year, and made some giant strides,
While under Republican rule.
She had the best of Governors, too,
From Robison to St. John; They were just the men to hold the reign,
And drive her right along.
Thus Kansas, in her younger days,
Was like a tender sprout; She was nipped and stunted by the men Who now, for a blind, with swelling words,
Cry, “turn the rascals out!"
Ghe Kansas Boy .
EE the merry Kansas boy,
Rise at dawn of day,-
And then to the field away.
Then turn the furrows, one by one,
Till he hears the well-known ring
When his mother pulls the string.
And then with a smile and a quickened step,
The traces he will drop;
Till by the well they'll stop.
And when he's eaten a good square meal,
And the hour for rest is done, He'll turn the furrows as before,
Till the setting of the sun.
Thus, day by day, his work's the same,
Till the plowing is all through; And then he'll sow and plant his grain,
For that's the way they do.
And then it's harrow day by day,
Then roll the same ground o'er, Until it looks like a garden bed,
And smooth as a kitchen floor.
And then there comes the steady tramp,
To cultivate the corn,
Say, "boy, I must be shorn.”
Then it's reap and shock the grain,
And make the giant stacks;
And many aching backs.