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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
VI. Accomplished Facts
8. Jack London and O. Henry
  
BOTH were jailbirds; no speechmakers at all; speaking best with one foot on a brass rail; a beer glass in the left hand and the right hand employed for gestures.
  
And both were lights snuffed out … no warning … no lingering:
  
Who knew the hearts of these boozefighters?

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