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A N N O UN CE M E N T

OON will be issued monthly s Each number

of the first series (twelve parts) will be complete in itself and contain several poems

that may be classified under one general head * The poems will be "famous” poems, old favorites, that have stood the test of time & Lovers of literature, it is hoped, will welcome them in this new setting. The publisher desires to make them of service to parents and teachers in forming the taste of young readers for the best in English literature of colo delle cost of id WILLIAM S. LORD V Evanston : Illinois

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ENTERED AT THE POST-OFFICE AT EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, AS SECOND-CLASS MATTER, OCTOBER 26, 1900.

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Poems of Wit and Humor
THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
A T was six men of Indostan

To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the elephant

(Though all of them were blind.)
That each by observation

Might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant,

And, happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,

At once began to bawl;
“God bless me! but the Elephant

Is very like a wall!”
The Second, feeling of the tusk,

Cried: “Ho! what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?

To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an elephant

Is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal,

And, happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,

Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, “the Elephant

Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out his eager hand,

And felt about the knee;
“What most this wondrous beast is like

Is mighty plain," quoth he;
« Tis clear enough the elephant

Is very like a tree.”
The Fifth who chanced to touch the car,

Said: “E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;

Deny the fact who can
This marvel of an Elephant

Is very like a fan!”
The Sixth no sooner had begun

About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail

That sell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, “the Elephant

Is very like a rope!"

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