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A Deadly Weapon.

Tho Devil came up to the earth one day. And ho called "U a friend in a casu*l way, For a quiet ten minutes' chatter. The name of that friend I had best conceal, And I do it more widingly since I feel That it really doesn't matter. They'd whisky hot—l'm inclined to think '1 hat whisky's the fiend's particular drink— And theti they began debating A schemo for further attacks on man— A diabolical, infernal plan— Which the Devil was meditating. " I want to invent," said the fiend with a smile, " A weapon that's cowardly, fierce, and vile, For madmen and roguea to play with. More deadly, more brutal, more cruel, more keen Than dynamite, dagger, infernal machine, Or anything Christians slay with. "I want to improve on the poisoned shaft, On the hellish weapons of heathen craft, On Europe's most ek lied invention ; It must beat the bullet, outstab the knife, ltd wounds must torture while lingers life; Is there anything you can mention ?" The friend went straight to his desk and took A weapon that lay by his Wotting-book, And held it above him, crying: "Here's the deadliest weapon that woundeth men; Can the Devil improve on a poisoned pen ?" Said the Devil " I don't mean tryiug." He took his hat and he said "Good-bye," With a gleam of joy in his fearful eye, As he thought of the scribes inhuman Who make of a gift tho gods might own The deadliest weapon the world has known, And stab at both man and woman. —J. W., in 'Duluth Industrial Age.'

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A Deadly Weapon., Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement

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A Deadly Weapon. Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement

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