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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
To a Nine-inch Gun

By P. F. McCarthy

(This poem came to the New York World office on a crumpled piece of soiled paper. The author’s address was given as Fourth Bench, City Hall Park)
WHETHER your shell hits the target or not,
Your cost is Five Hundred Dollars a Shot.
You thing of noise and flame and power,
We feed you a hundred barrels of flour
Each time you roar. Your flame is fed        5
With twenty thousand loaves of bread.
Silence! A million hungry men
Seek bread to fill their mouths again.

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