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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

134. Oscar Hummel

I STAGGERED on through darkness, 
There was a hazy sky, a few stars 
Which I followed as best I could. 
It was nine o’clock, I was trying to get home. 
But somehow I was lost,         5
Though really keeping the road. 
Then I reeled through a gate and into a yard, 
And called at the top of my voice: 
“Oh, Fiddler! Oh, Mr. Jones!” 
(I thought it was his house and he would show me the way home.)  10
But who should step out but A. D. Blood, 
In his night shirt, waving a stick of wood, 
And roaring about the cursed saloons, 
And the criminals they made? 
“You drunken Oscar Hummel,” he said,  15
As I stood there weaving to and fro, 
Taking the blows from the stick in his hand 
Till I dropped down dead at his feet. 



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