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THREE SHOPPERS.

(With apologies to the late Charles Klngsley.) Three shoppers went "Sale"ing away to the West, All hot on the qnest of the things "marked down"; Each fought for the connter and ahored with the rest Io get at the "bargains" of "Jonee, Smith, and Brown." For men must work, that women, like sheep, Maj Bock to the sales when the things are "so cheap," t And the prices all end in three farthings. Three husbands came home at their usual hour, And they shook oat their "gamps," for the rain came down; They looked at the clock and they looked at the shower, Till their wives all came strolling back ragged of gown. Bat men must wait and dinner must keep. For sales are seldom and parses aren't deep; So what is the nee of their groaning? Three cloaks are hung up on three oak halletands, And a warning gleam fend an angry frown On the face of each husband who washes bis hands Of a wife who dares come back so late from the town. For men must swear and women will weep. And the sooner it's over the sooner to sleep; And the family jar ends In snoring. —Reginald Bigby, in the "Story-Teller."

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THREE SHOPPERS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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